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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

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Mr. DEUTCH. I rise today in opposition to H.R. 3, but I also rise in great disappointment that the people's House is again engaging in a debate about the rights of women rather than a discussion about the challenges our Nation faces.

For months, Democrats have urged this body to refocus its efforts on jobs; yet since the Congress convened in January, the Republican majority has failed to bring to the floor any measures to help create jobs. Their negligence is showing. Instead of working in a bipartisan way to regain America's economic strength, we again find ourselves on the floor in a divisive debate over women's reproductive freedoms.

That's right. Rather than wage a war on unemployment, my Republican colleagues are waging a war on women's health.

Under this legislation's logic, anyone who has government-subsidized insurance coverage--which is really everyone who has private health insurance, for we exempt employers from paying taxes on health benefits--would be forbidden from abortion.

Where does it end? The answer is it doesn't end. Even in the face of overwhelming support for women's rights among the American people, even in the face of more pressing challenges, real challenges like the jobs crisis, nothing stops my Republican colleagues from their assault on a woman's right to choose.

I urge a ``no'' vote.

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