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Providing for further consideration of Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015; Providing for consideration of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WELCH. I thank the gentleman.
Madam Speaker, there are two issues that are very contentious:
abortion and fetal research. I support the right of a woman to choose.
I support medical research that is legal under our laws so we can get
cures for diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes. I also respect those
who disagree with me, but this bill is terrible.

Here is why: It is unfair to women who are not part of this debate
and whose access to Planned Parenthood is about getting preventive
health care, 16,000 women in our State. The second reason is that this
bill, as designed, is destructive to the institution we represent.

Here is how it is designed: One, take the money away and then
investigate. In a fair society, we do it the opposite way.

Second, it eliminates access to care for innocent people, who have
nothing to do with this, as I mentioned, 16,000 in Vermont.

Three, it is a prelude to the shutdown, resorting to the tactic of,
unless you get your way, we are shutting down the entire government.

Four, it is part of the ``dump the Speaker'' campaign, as though, if
the Speaker resists a shutdown, his job should be taken away.
Bad for women. Bad for the institution.


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