U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted today against H.R. 1797,a dangerous and divisive bill aimed at restricting the reproductive freedom of women.
"Congress could be working on creating new jobs or addressing the national deficit, but instead the House Majority is working to restrict the health options of women with a dangerous new bill that isn't even constitutional," said Rep. Kind. "This bill is a brazen attempt to block a woman's access to a safe and legal medical procedure, and is an attack on the judgment of women and their doctors regarding a deeply personal decision."
This bill aims to ban abortions after 20 weeks, with no exception to protect a woman's health and inadequate exceptions for rape and incest. An estimated 1.5 percent of abortions occur after 20 weeks, often in cases where the woman is facing challenging personal circumstances such as carrying a pregnancy with severe anomalies which are sometimes not diagnosed until after 20 weeks.
The bill is also clearly unconstitutional according to established Supreme Court precedents, as it bans pre-viability abortions and does not provide an exception to the ban that would protect a woman's health.
The vote today in Congress comes a week after Governor Scott Walker and Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature pushed forward a bill mandating unnecessary, invasive ultrasounds for women considering their medical options.
"It is appalling that Republicans both in Madison and Washington have decided to prioritize attacking women's reproductive rights," concluded Kind. "This is just more evidence that the most extreme elements of the Republican Party are driving the agenda."