Abortion Hearing Brings Out Jurisdictional Battle

May 20, 2012

By Emma Dumain, Roll Call

Congressional legislation that would place restrictions on District of Columbia laws typically captures attention and backlash from an insular crowd of local activists.

But a bill that would ban abortions in Washington, D.C., after 20 weeks of pregnancy has gained broader traction, with Democrats citing it as the latest installment in what they are calling the “Republican war on women.”

Leading up to a Thursday afternoon hearing convened by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, pro-abortion rights groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Abortion Federation sent press releases to nation-wide email lists, imploring supporters to fight against the bill.

They also expressed solidarity with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who was denied the opportunity to testify before the subcommittee despite its effect on her district.

“D.C. women are already denied a vote, and now we are being denied a voice,” said Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers in both chambers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), also decried the decision to exclude Norton from testifying.

“It is mystifying to me how anyone who claims to be part of a representative body could say no to hearing testimony from the very representative elected by the people who are being targeted by this bill,” Boxer said in a statement. “Congresswoman Norton is an accomplished lawmaker, she has represented the people of Washington in Congress for 21 years and she has the right to have her voice heard on legislation with damaging health impacts for women in the District of Columbia.”

To read more, visit:  http://www.rollcall.com/news/Abortion-Hearing-Brings-Out-Jurisdictional-Battle-214635-1.html?pos=hme

No comments yet - you can be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Keep the Fake News Media in check.

Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!

We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.
View our full privacy policy.