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Ryan budget further exposes hypocrisy of the war on women

“There is no way for ‘experts’ in Washington to know more about the health care needs of individual Americans than those individuals and their doctors know.”

Sometimes the Right’s hypocrisy is just that clear.

This statement was made in the “Path to Prosperity” budget (page 28) released today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

NARAL’s reaction was swift and strong.

Rep. Ryan and his other anti-choice colleagues in the House have been practicing medicine without a license since they took over in January 2011. They want to take away prenatal care, contraceptive coverage, mammograms, and other basic care made possible by the health-reform law. They voted to defund family-planning programs. They even voted to allow hospitals to deny emergency abortion care to women who could die without it. Now they want to reinvent themselves as patient-privacy advocates. Putting Rep. Ryan and his cronies in charge of protecting Americans from political interference in their private medical decisions is like asking the same group to protect Medicare. It is ridiculous and out of touch with reality.

We agree with you wholeheartedly, Nancy. PFAW has been tracking the war on women on Capitol Hill and in the states. For Chairman Ryan to say that Washington should stay out of the healthcare business fails to recognize how hard he and the Right have been fighting to get into that business.

Just this month:

And there’s plenty more where that came from.

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