Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) held a news conference on the Affordable Care Act and impending government shutdown Monday. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) held a news conference Monday to criticize a proposal by House Republicans to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and to include a “conscience clause” that she says restricts benefits for women. Boxer, who was joined by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), said the Republicans were continuing “their war on women.”

She said the GOP plan would eliminate funding not only for birth control, but for screenings for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases and services for victims of domestic violence.

“Any of us who has ever lost a loved one knows the critical importance of these preventive services,” said Boxer, “those very services Republicans want to stop in their shutdown proposal.”

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