Today, February 8, Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA32, joined fellow House Judiciary Democrats for a joint press conference in opposition to Republican attempts to curtail women's reproductive rights with H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."
H.R. 3, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), would have a devastating effect on women and families. The bill further narrows the Hyde Amendment's already limited exceptions for rape and incest--coverage would be limited to women who can demonstrate "forcible rape" and incest survivors who are minors. The bill would also have the effect of eliminating the market for private insurance coverage for abortion. It would impose enormous tax penalties on Americans and businesses with private insurance plans that include abortion coverage.
"Proponents of HR 3 are trying to steal away one of the most personal and private healthcare choices a woman may ever make. Instead they want out of touch elected officials all the way in Washington to dictate what's best for her health," Rep. Chu said. "Every woman in this country has a legal and constitutional right to choose. And because Republicans can't outlaw choice, they have chosen to tax it away instead. So it's for American women that I stand here today to strongly oppose HR 3."
"They are usurping the legal rights of American citizens at a time when unemployment is at 9% and the new Republican majority hasn't put a single job creating bill on the House Floor."