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Ms. LEE of California. Mr. Speaker, let me thank the gentleman for yielding and for your tremendous leadership on this and so many issues so important to the health of women and to the health of our country.
I'd like to also take a moment to commend Congresswoman Norton, the duly elected representative for the residents of the District of Columbia, for her relentless advocacy on behalf of her constituents and her leadership in fighting back the onslaught of attacks against the women of the District of Columbia.
Tea Party Republicans continue to make D.C. their launching ground for attacks against women's health as part of the ongoing war on women.
H.R. 3803, the so-called--and this is very sinister--District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is nothing more than a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and a vehicle for yet another ideological attack against women's reproductive rights. It's a direct threat to the health of every woman living in the District of Columbia. It contains no exceptions for health, for rape or incest, and it demonstrates a very callous disregard for the real-life experiences of women and their families.
It is tragic--tragic--that the Tea Party Republicans refuse to bring up any bill that would create jobs but would rather wage war against the women of the District of Columbia. It is offensive, it is wrong, and it is unconstitutional. Government and politicians should stay out of the health care decisions of women, and they should stay out of the private lives of women.
Women's decisions, as it relates to their health care, should be made by themselves. These decisions should be made with their medical professionals and their clergy or whomever they choose. Women should be able to make their decisions, not Members of Congress, not politicians, and not government officials.
This is a direct threat. It is callous. Again, it is unconstitutional, and it's wrong.
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