Brownley Statement on House Vote on the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act

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from Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA),

Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act (H.R. 239), legislation which would provide women veterans access to the same no-cost contraceptive care as their non-veteran counterparts.

“Almost two hundred Republicans – mostly men – just killed legislation that would have provided almost two million of our nation’s women veterans with the same healthcare our servicewomen and civilian women already have access to. To make matters worse, my colleagues voted against legislation that most of them wholeheartedly supported just over a year ago,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “The House will pass this bill, but it’s extremely unfortunate that our women veterans are being treated as second-class citizens by my Republican colleagues. It should go without saying that women veterans have earned and deserve equal access to healthcare, and I’ll continue to work on this issue until they do.”

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