Velázquez on House Republican’s Efforts to Criminalize Abortion
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) spoke on the floor today in strong opposition to H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a clear partisan effort to intimidate health care providers and endanger the lives of countless women:
“Mr. Speaker, for over forty years, the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade has stood as a bulwark protection for women’s reproductive and healthcare rights. Now, in 2017, House Republicans are leading yet another unconstitutional, dangerous and outright assault on women’s health and privacy.
“This extreme bill not only takes aim at Roe v. Wade by lowering the ban on abortion to 20-weeks. It goes even further by promising to throw doctors in jail. This is a cynical, repugnant effort by Republicans to pander to a far-right base while jeopardizing women’s health – all for a political payoff. At the same time this House is considering a measure restricting a women’s right to choose – we have not found time to assist 3.5 million American citizens who are suffering – and dying – in Puerto Rico.
“You call that pro-life?
“I urge Republicans -- listen to the majority of Americans, who support a woman’s right to privacy and a safe abortion. Reject this shameful bill! I yield back.”