On Saturday, Nov. 7, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), a long-time proponent of the women's Pro-Choice movement, sent a strong statement to anti-choice opponents by voting "no" on the Stupak Amendment to the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The Stupak Amendment would limit access to reproductive health care.
"The adoption of the Stupak amendment does nothing but limit a woman's constitutional right to choose," said Rep. Chu. "Congress should be focused on increasing access and coverage to health services, not limiting them," continued Chu. "We must not play politics when healthcare for 32 million Americans is at stake."
The following is the text of Chu's floor statement:
"I rise in strong opposition to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.
"This amendment will seriously threaten a woman's right to choose and turn back 30 years of progress in the pro-choice movement. May I remind my colleagues that a woman's right to choose is protected by the Constitution?
"This amendment is a danger to women's health. Women without abortion coverage will be forced to postpone reproductive care and forced to purchase additional coverage for the procedure. This effectively creates an abortion ban within the health insurance exchange that denies women access to services many already have. In addition, this amendment will not preserve a woman's privacy to choose reproductive care, which is a decision that should solely remain between her and her doctor.
"I have been a long-time advocate of protecting and defending a woman's right to choose and supported increased access to health care and family planning services. Health care reform legislation should require coverage of the full range of women's reproductive health services. The Affordable Health Care For America Act protects those rights and ensures that all women have access to a health care plan that meets their needs."