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  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015

    by Representative Steve Cohen

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    COHEN. Madam Speaker, I, too, am against this bill for I am for a woman's right to choice. This bill is the second bill that has been brought in the last few days to show the Republican side's intent to repeal Roe v. Wade. That is what they would like to do: repeal Roe v. Wade.

    What is most important is to understand the theater that this bill has shown that the majority party has made this historic hallowed hall of Congress today.

    Today is the March for Life, lots of pro-lifers here. They wanted to give them something, so they scheduled a bill--we could be legislating on jobs, on minimum wage, on infrastructure. They wanted to give them something, so they came with a bill called ``fetal pain'' to get around the viability requirements of the Supreme Court.

    Their caucus found that bill too extreme to get the votes--even their caucus. Now, the leadership wouldn't listen to the Democrats of the Rules Committee, and it wouldn't listen to the Democrats on the floor, and they didn't have the good sense to realize it would make them look as they are: antiwoman and out-of-step with reality.

    It took some women and maybe a few men--but mostly women--in their caucus to finally go ``no,'' so they brought up a retread of a bill. That was a retread too, but they brought up another one, a substitute bill, because they had to have something to give as a gift for the March for Life pro-life caucus.

    This is theater. This is drama. That is what this has become. A woman's right should not be theater; it shouldn't be drama. A woman's right should be preserved. If any case, if there is any question about them, it should go through regular process, go through committees.

    Let the Members know about the bill with notice, not have, within 72 hours, a bill brought to this floor. Regular order has been destroyed because of theater and messaging, and that is what you are going to see for the next 2 years.

    The American people will be very disappointed in this Congress because it has become the theater of the absurd.

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