For Immediate Release
Friday, June 17, 2011
Contact: Ricci Graham
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Responds to Billboards that Attack a Woman’s Right to Choose
Oakland – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) issued the following statement denouncing the race-based attack on a woman’s right to choose that is being waged by the Radiance Foundation in coordination with the California-based Issues4Life:
“I am deeply offended by the race-based billboards that are being displayed in my congressional district by the Radiance Foundation and Issues4Life,” Congresswoman Lee said. “These billboards stigmatize women of color and perpetuate myths about parenting skills and the types of women who seek and use abortion services.
“I have and will continue to believe that women have the fundamental rights to make decisions regarding their reproductive lives, and no woman’s choice should be subjected to scrutiny based on her ethnic background.”
Congresswoman Lee believes that access to healthcare and family planning services are a basic human right. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS), Congresswoman Lee worked to increase funding for the Title X program in the LHHS appropriations bill, which will help ensure proper access to family planning services for low-income men and women.