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

    by Representative Earl Blumenauer

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    BLUMENAUER of oregon in the house of representatives Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mr. BLUMENAUER. Madam Speaker, once more, Republicans are seeking to limit women's access to safe reproductive health care through H.R. 7, the ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.'' This is a sweeping ban on abortion coverage and another callous attempt to insert Congress into the most personal of conversations between a woman and her physician and I did not vote for it.

    Last week marked the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. It is exasperating that we still have to go through this annual charade as Republican leadership tries to force those of us who support women and their reproductive choices to take a ``hard vote.'' It is not hard for me to stand with the millions of women who depend on access to safe, legal abortion. It is not hard for me to vote against any bill that imposes the will of an intolerant, albeit vocal, minority on our mothers, sisters, and daughters. It is not hard for me to protect freedom of choice, because it is right and it is just.

    Instead of bringing up legislation to strengthen our economy or improve our infrastructure, Republican leadership is choosing to focus its efforts on legislation that will trump women's health, override family decisions, and compromise the ability of women and their doctors to deal with reproductive issues. It's a blatant attack on women and it's not hard for me to say that it is wrong.


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