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Protect Life Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. ESHOO. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act.

We've worked so hard over the last few decades to advance women's health and the Protect Life Act just steamrolls right over that progress.

This bill would bar anyone getting federal health subsidies from purchasing private insurance policies that include abortion coverage. This makes it unlikely that ANY health plan would cover abortion, alienating all American women from truly comprehensive health plans.

It allows hospitals to refuse to provide life-saving abortions to women who face imminent threat of death.

And it gives states the ability to attack coverage of non-abortion related services, such as contraception.

I support a woman's legal right to opt for, or against, an abortion. The decision is private. It's a matter of faith and it's a matter of conscience, and our Constitution recognizes this.

The Protect Life Act is a shameful attempt to impose a radical political agenda on women. It strips away their individual liberties and puts their health at serious risk. This bill is wrong, this bill is dangerous, and this House should reject it.

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