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 Actby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2015-01-21
DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this rule and to
the underlying bill. This bill is just as unconstitutional as it was
when it was introduced in the last Congress. It poses just as serious a
risk to the health and civil liberties of American women. And this time
around, it comes with an additional slap in the face to women because,
if this rule passes, the bill will come to a vote on the 42nd
anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
By attempting to outlaw almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, this bill would clearly violate the constitutional principles the Court laid down in that decision a generation ago. Women must be allowed to decide their health care decisions. They need to do it in consultation with their doctors, with their families, and with their clergy and not have those decisions made for them by Washington politicians.
The Republican majority always claims to be against government overreach and for science. Well, they should take a look at the legislation they bring to the floor. This bill would extend the Federal Government's reach all the way into the doctor's office. And it denies medical science. It threatens providers with jail for performing a procedure that is constitutionally protected and often medically necessary. It places obstacles in the way of rape victims who seek help. It would put thousands of women at risk.
In short, this is another Republican ideological assault on women. We should reject it wholeheartedly. Our priority should be to help American workers with jobs, with increased wages--including women--and not turning the clock back to the 1950s with this kind of unconstitutional posturing.
I urge my colleagues to vote against this rule and the underlying bill and truly vote for women in the United States today.