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Judiciary Democrats: H.R. 3 is a Full-Fledged Assault on Women and Families Across the Nation

Feb 8, 2011

(Washington) — Today, at a press conference ahead of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,”  House Judiciary Democrats staunchly rejected Republicans’ characterization of the bill as a federal funding measure.  In their remarks, Judiciary Democrats, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Constitution Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), asserted that the bill is a vicious attack against women and a woman’s right to choose, and an attempt to promote an extreme social agenda when Americans are looking to Congress for jobs and economic relief.

H.R. 3, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), would have a devastating effect on women and families.  The bill further narrows the Hyde Amendment’s already limited exceptions for rape and incest—coverage would be limited to women who can demonstrate “forcible rape” and incest survivors who are minors.  The bill would also have the effect of eliminating the market for private insurance coverage for abortion.  It would impose enormous tax penalties on Americans and businesses with private insurance plans that include abortion coverage.  Over the objections of D.C. representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the bill would prevent Washington residents from using even local health care funds as they see fit.  

“The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act has very little to do with federal funding and a lot more to do with having the government dictate the terms of health care and health insurance coverage for women and their families,” said House Judiciary Democrats.  “H.R. 3 would penalize Americans for seeking to exercise their own private health care decisions.  By redefining rape to limit abortion coverage, and by forcing federal employees, military servicewomen, and women with high-risk pregnancies to seek marginal treatment—or no treatment at all, H.R. 3 would be disastrous for the health and well-being of women.  We refuse to stand by silently as Republicans attempt to take our country a hundred steps backwards.”

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112th Congress