Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) issued the following statement in response to continued attacks on women’s reproductive rights by Republican leaders in Washington. This includes proposals repealing health care protections for women in the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood, taking away access to comprehensive health care with passage of H.R. 7, and reinstating the “global gag rule” preventing U.S. support for non-governmental organizations that provide reproductive care to women abroad.
“This past weekend, I stood with thousands of my neighbors in St. Petersburg, Florida to demand the protection of women’s health and rights – a message that was echoed by a million others nationwide. And how did Republicans in Washington respond to this call to action? By pushing forward several extreme measures attacking women’s healthcare and reproductive rights. This alone is outrageous. Even worse, these actions will particularly hurt low-income families, young people, and women of color,” said Crist. “But we will not stop fighting. Women’s rights are human rights, and no matter where you live, what insurance you qualify for, or your income – all women should have equal access to quality, comprehensive healthcare.”