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SAEN: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi headed to Austin for Thursday health care event

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is headed to Austin on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded health benefits for Texans.

She’ll host an event with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at one of the offices for Foundation Communities, a local nonprofit providing housing and health care services to Texans in need.

Pelosi and Doggett plan to discuss Medicaid coverage, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare benefits and related topics, according to a press release. Texas’ new law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy is sure to also come up in discussion, as Pelosi lambasted the legislation on Twitter Wednesday morning.

“This radical law is an all out effort to erase the rights and protections of Roe v Wade,” she wrote. “Every woman, everywhere has the constitutional and moral right to basic reproductive health care. We will fight SB8 and all immoral and dangerous attacks on women’s health and freedoms with all our strength.”

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