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Nadler Denounces Newest GOP Bill to Limit Reproductive Rights, Condemns Treatment of District of Columbia as Colonial Fiefdom

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, denounced the newest effort by House Republicans to curtail women's access to reproductive rights. Speaking at a Constitution Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 3803, Nadler lamented the never-ending parade of bills attacking women and seeking to roll back hard-won freedoms. He also criticized Judiciary Republicans for failing to allow Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to testify on a bill which specifically targets her congressional district. The majority party's move to deny a House colleague the opportunity to testify is in direct contrast to the previous policy under a Democratic majority.

"In this case, my colleagues appear, through the operation of the Criminal Code, to be trying to settle a scientific question on which there is no consensus within the field," said Nadler. "That is an exercise of raw political power, not of dispassionate fact finding….The fact that the majority has allowed three individuals to purport to present as clearly established science views that are clearly a marginal view, will create a false and misleading record. The fact that the minority has been limited to one witness only demonstrates just what a farce these hearings are."

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