Skip to Main Content

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding, and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives withdrew a bill last week that would have repealed Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It would have halted federal funding for Planned Parenthood and curtailed the ability of many low-income women to obtain affordable birth control.


Despite that setback for the GOP, several Republicans said Congress might revisit health care in the future, and anti-abortion leaders have stressed they will not abandon their campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. The group is the No. 1 abortion provider in the US but also offers extensive birth control and health-screening services.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!