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Dan Lungren’s healthcare views-in response to BJ Hansen’s story

NARAL Pro-Choice California and Rep. Lungren: On the Same Page?

This week, Rep. Dan Lungren commented that “personal health care decisions should be made by patients, families and doctors, not by bureaucrats or politicians in Washington.” (Denham and Lungren Support Repeal, 1/20/11).

We couldn’t agree more.

However, Lungren’s record doesn’t seem to match to his words. He seemed okay with government intervention when he voted twice to deny military women the right to use their own, private funds for abortion care at overseas military hospitals in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

And somehow, it didn’t bother Lungren when “politicians in Washington” voted seven times to ban the District of Columbia from using its own local funds–not federal money–to support abortion care for low-income women: in fact, he was one of those politicians.

And where was Lungren’s defense of a patient’s right to make a private, personal decision in 2010, when he voted for the notorious Stupak amendment, which would have effectively banned abortion coverage in private health-insurance plans – even for women who paid for their insurance entirely with their own funds?

It comes as a surprise to us that Dan Lungren is suddenly rising to the defense of patients’ rights to make their own personal health care decisions without government intervention. Unfortunately , his record tells a different story. As a result, women have to deal with career politician Lungren’s views when making personal, private health care decisions for themselves and their families.