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Barbara L.
Democrat CA 13

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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

    by Representative Barbara Lee

    Posted on 2015-01-21

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    LEE. I want to thank the ranking member for yielding, for his leadership, and for really making it clear exactly what we are dealing with today and why many of us strongly oppose this rule and this bill.



    Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Over 40 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman could make her own personal health care decisions without interference from politicians. Yet here we are again, in 2015, debating this constitutionally protected right.

    H.R. 36 would ban all abortions at 20 weeks, with extremely limited exceptions. A ban on an abortion after 20 weeks makes it harder for women who are already facing difficult circumstances. This is so bad. This is so wrong.

    {time} 1300 Every woman has a right to a safe medical procedure. And this decision, while difficult, is hers to make, not yours and not mine. This is her decision.

    This bill is part of a broader effort to chip away at abortion access, a right that has already been decided by the Supreme Court and is the law of the land. Yet Republicans once again are focused on dictating what women can do with their bodies, denying their rights and endangering their health.

    Mr. Speaker, this radical GOP bill undermines women's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade. This is a dangerous assault on women's health freedoms. Women should not have to justify their personal medical decisions.

    Abortions later in a pregnancy can involve rare, severe fetal abnormalities or pose serious risks to the health of women, but these procedures may be medically necessary to save the woman's life.

    This is an agonizing decision that a woman should make with her doctor, [[Page H448]] her family, or whomever, but not her congressional Representatives. We have seen what happens when politicians interfere in these deeply personal medical decisions and tie doctors' hands.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

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