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Gillibrand, Maloney to Headline New York Abortion-Rights Event

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) will join with other elected officials and national and local leaders of the women’s movement in New York on Monday to protest a provision in the House health care reform bill to limit federal funding for abortions.The morning news conference, which comes as the Senate is set to begin debate this week on health care reform, is scheduled to be held in Gillibrand’s office in midtown Manhattan. Joining the Senator and Maloney will be Gloria Steinem, the feminist author; Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; New York Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum (D), the No. 2 officeholder in the city government; New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D); and other leaders of women’s groups.Speakers at the news conference will take direct aim at the amendment inserted into the House health care bill by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), which would restrict the ability of health care plans to reimburse women who get abortions. A news release announcing Monday’s event calls Stupak’s abortion provision a “discriminatory and dangerous anti-choice provision, which would prevent women from purchasing reproductive insurance with their own money and put the health of millions of women and young girls at grave risk.—

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