News Release

Congressional Deal on Backs of D.C. Residents


The Washington Post reports on the current spending package: “Social conservatives won a ban on government-funded abortions in Washington, D.C., and restored a longstanding ban on funding for needle exchange programs used to prevent the spread of HIV. But efforts to take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed, as expected.”

ANISE JENKINS, anisej at
Jenkins is with the Stand Up! for Democracy in D.C. Coalition (Free D.C.), which advocates for D.C. Statehood and an end to the federal government having power over local policy rather than the people of the city having such authority. She said today: “At a time when new infections of HIV/AIDS in D.C. are finally decreasing from rates equivalent to Haiti and other so-called ‘third world cultures.’ indicating that measures like the needle-exchange programs are having a positive effect, the U.S. Congress again is proving that it could care less whether D.C. residents live or die. Election time is coming up and conservatives on both sides of the aisle again choose to ride the backs of D.C. residents to the grave, if necessary! The people of D.C. have got to organize, mobilize, educate and agitate until our Congressional masters stop playing such deadly games. The attack on women’s rights is also a game of death — low income women should have the same choice as those who can afford safe abortions…”