Congressman Tim Ryan Votes Against Republican Attacks on Women’s Healthcare

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan voted today against legislation that would have made the Hyde Amendment permanent (HR7). The Hyde Amendment is a rule banning the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, and has been regularly attached to Appropriations bills since 1976.

“Instead of focusing on jobs, instead of rebuilding our infrastructure, instead of bolstering our defenses, Republicans in Congress have chosen to prioritize attacking women’s healthcare at home and abroad. The GOP has moved to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which has been proven to limit women’s access to comprehensive healthcare, especially if those women are lower income individuals. In fact it is so strict that, women on Medicaid are refused lifesaving services even if her own life is at risk. This harmful precedent must end, not spread to other federal and state programs.

“We should be working to make it easier for women and families to receive the support and the care they need to live healthy, full lives – not harder. These decisions are best left to the individuals, their families, and their doctors. Congress has no place in these decisions. Instead of listening to the millions of women who took to the streets across the country to peacefully ask that they be afforded the dignity of making their own healthcare choices, I am dismayed that President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have so brazenly pressed ahead with their harmful agenda for women’s healthcare,” said Congressman Ryan.