For Immediate Release

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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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

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