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The Worst is Yet to Come

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. NORTON. Madam Speaker, Republican attacks on lifesaving access to contraceptives in the health care act is one in a series on women's reproductive health this term. The worst is yet to come in the planned markup of H.R. 3803, to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Cloaked as a restriction on D.C. women, the bill merely uses them for a frontal attack on Roe v. Wade that guarantees abortion rights until viability, as determined by a physician.

The Franks bill picks on D.C. women because anti-choice opponents lack the courage of their own convictions, or they would have made the 20-week abortion ban a nationwide bill. That, of course, would bring on the wrath of the American people who support choice. Judging by their reaction even before markup, women see through the cynicism and are poised to protect their constitutional rights.

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