Hoyer Statement on DC Abortion Bill

For Immediate Release:

July 31, 2012

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in opposition to H.R. 3803, which the House defeated this evening:

“Once again, Republicans are playing politics with women’s health care.  This bill, which would place new restrictions on women seeking reproductive health options in the District of Columbia, is the latest attempt to drive Americans apart on wedge issues at a time when we ought to be coming together to tackle the challenges we face together as a nation.  It is yet another messaging bill that would never pass the Senate or be signed into law. 

“Ironically, House Republicans regularly proclaim themselves to oppose federal intrusion in local governance, yet in this case they are pushing a bill that proves just the opposite.  Like so many measures they promote with respect to the District of Columbia, this bill only serves to remind District residents that they have little voice in their own affairs.  If ever there was a reason for Americans to embrace the idea of giving District residents real representation in Congress, this is it.                                                

“The continued assault by Republicans on women’s access to quality, affordable care stands in sharp contrast to efforts by Democrats to defend women’s right to access the care they need and protect their freedom to make their own health care decisions.”

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