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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 19, 2007

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NAF Communications Department
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National Abortion Federation Calls on Members of Congress to Sponsor and Support the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

Washington, DC - Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, released the following statement today urging members of Congress to sponsor and support the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA):

The United States Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal abortion ban was a major setback for women's health. This ruling effectively undermines a core protection for women's health established in Roe v. Wade. It underscores the urgent need for Congress to take action to protect women's health and a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions.

FOCA would restore the rights guaranteed to American women by the Roe decision, and ensure that women's health would be protected.

Women's lives and health must remain paramount. We urge members of Congress to sponsor and support this important legislation and safeguard women's health and reproductive freedom. We stand with and thank Senator Boxer and Representative Nadler for their leadership and determination to ensure that women continue to have access to safe and legal reproductive health care.

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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org

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