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Catastrophic, Callous and Cruel— GOP Bill Guts Social Justice

May 5, 2017

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to pass a GOP bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act that guts coverage for millions of Americans, defunds Planned Parenthood and reverses Medicaid expansion. Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice issued the following statement:

“As Catholics who live by social justice we are compelled to speak out— this bill is cruel and unjust to millions of Americans, especially the poorest and most marginalized. This legislation will have catastrophic consequences on communities across America, including the very communities that hoped President Trump would bring a positive difference in their lives. That’s just wrong.

President Trump simply does not care about stripping the most poor and most vulnerable of just and compassionate care. This is a betrayal of the very America he claimed to put first in exchange for cheap political paybacks to ultraconservative special interests.

This terrible investment could mean lives lost and resources squandered. By pulling the plug on the most vulnerable, it will drive up unplanned pregnancies, sexual disease and ill health in our poorest communities. Defunding Planned Parenthood in particular will single out women who have fewer resources and limit their ability to make their own conscience driven decisions about their health and their bodies.

There is no justice if the Senate signs off on this wickedness.”