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Protect Life Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the misleadingly titled the ``Protect Life Act''.

Let me be clear. The Affordable Care Act already prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or where the woman's life is endangered. We included extensive mechanisms to ensure that no federal subsidies in the health insurance exchanges would go to pay for abortions.

The bill on the Floor today takes the unprecedented step of preventing a woman from using her own private funds to purchase a full, comprehensive health care plan through the exchanges established in the Affordable Care Act. That is simply another way of denying a woman the right to choose.

I urge House Republicans to stop playing ideological games and to pursue an agenda to help create jobs, strengthen the economy, and move our country forward.


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