NARAL Pro-Choice America Asks Boehner, Cantor: Will You Keep this Dangerous Restriction from the Floor?

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NARAL Pro-Choice America Asks Boehner, Cantor: Will You Keep this Dangerous Restriction from the Floor?

Will House Leadership Allow Extremists to Worsen its ‘Woman Problem?’

WASHINGTON - With conservatives desperately needing to fix their ongoing problems with women voters, House leadership has been surprisingly silent on an extreme piece of legislation that could hit the House floor in a matter of days.

Last week, Rep. Trent Franks’ 20-week abortion ban bill was voted out of subcommittee and will now receive a full House Judiciary Committee markup this Wednesday, June 12. Unlike other 20-week bans currently enacted in 11 states, the Franks bill is even more extreme: it has no exception to protect women’s health.

While this action has gained the praise of a number of extremist groups, the Republican leadership in the House has been silent.

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue asks, “Where is the House leadership? With such an important margin of women voting against the conservative’s out-of-touch agenda in the last election, Speaker Boehner should not be looking for more opportunities to alienate women voters. And this bill matters – because women know every pregnancy is different. No politician can possibly know what is best for a woman and her family in every circumstance.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the nation’s leading medical experts on women’s health, has come out in strong opposition to 20-week bans, citing the threat these laws pose to women’s health. For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/10TxPnX

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For more than 30 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the nation's leading advocate for privacy and a woman's right to choose. With more than one million members and supporters, NARAL Pro-Choice America is fighting to protect the pro-choice values of freedom and privacy. With the Supreme Court one vote away from overturning Roe v. Wade and many state legislatures under anti-choice control, our work has never been more important.

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