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Statement: Elected Leaders Must Act to Protect What’s Best for Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2023) – In response to yesterday’s introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Braidwood Management v. Becerra decision, Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of Caring Across Generations, released the following statement:
“Family is at the heart of what we value most. We all want what’s best for our families. But members of the judiciary like Judge O’Connor seek to take away our power to choose if and when to start a family and how to care for them. Now more than ever, we need family forward policies and programs that support people across the nation with the tools they need to control their lives, bodies and futures.
“We need Congress to pass a federal law that re-establishes a nationwide right to abortion, including the Women’s Health Protection Act that House Democrats reintroduced this week, to protect the services that Medicaid provides to millions of children, older adults and disabled people, and we need elected leaders to stand up against any cuts to affordable, basic health care provided under the Affordable Care Act. Elected leaders must step up so that families are not forced to make impossible choices that threaten their health, their livelihoods and their independence.
“We join the calls for our elected leaders to put families first and ensure people can access the care they depend on and the freedom to make decisions about what is best for themselves and their families.”
Caring Across Generations is a national organization of family caregivers, care workers, disabled people, and aging adults working to transform the way we care in this country so that care is accessible, affordable and equitable — and our systems of care enable everyone to live and age with dignity. To achieve our vision, we transform cultural norms and narratives about aging, disability and care; win federal and state-level policies; and build power amongst the people touched by care. For more information, visit CARINGACROSS.ORG.