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SF’s female elected leaders denounce plans to cut women’s health care

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District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen speaks during a rally held by female city officials at City Hall Tuesday, January 24, 2017 supporting reproductive women’s health in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s elected women leaders Tuesday denounced moves at the federal level to cut funding for affordable health care and women’s health and affirmed their commitment to maintaining local services.

A resolution set to be introduced by Supervisor Hillary Ronen Tuesday denounces plans by the administration of President Donald Trump and the 115th Congress to defund women’s health services through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to care providers such as Planned Parenthood.

At a news conference Tuesday, Ronen was flanked by all six female members of the Board of Supervisors as well as women elected officials including Assessor Carmen Chu, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and members of the school board, the Democratic County Central Committee and the City College of San Francisco board.

In addition, they were joined by members of women’s health organizations including Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Community Clinic.

“For the first time in nearly 20 years, we have a female majority on the Board of Supervisors, and I am thrilled that our first unified act is to stand up for women’s reproductive and health rights in San Francisco,” Ronen said.

The resolution commits the Board of Supervisors to doing “whatever is necessary to defend and maintain the universal healthcare access of women, girls and transgender women in San Francisco.”

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