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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1947, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013; And Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1797 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Mr. SCHNEIDER. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the rule and the underlying bill, H.R. 1797. When debating the issue before us, it is important to understand that this is not strictly a matter of conscience but an issue with very real and potentially life-altering implications for women and families across the Nation.

It is my fundamental belief that the right to choose is and must remain a personal health decision that a woman makes in consultation with her doctor, without government intervention. Additionally, we should also be promoting policies that strive to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies through improved access to family planning and contraception, as well as effective sex education.

Sadly, rather than coming together to address our fiscal challenges and help stimulate job creation, the majority continues to doggedly pursue a radical ideological agenda. This legislation, like other attempts to restrict women's access to comprehensive health care, is unacceptable and could seriously endanger the health and safety of women across the country. As such, I firmly oppose the underlying bill and urge all of my colleagues to do the same.

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