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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. DAVIS of California. Madam Speaker, I rise in vehement opposition to this rule and dangerous legislation, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

This extreme bill's title belies its true intent--to go far beyond current law and comprehensively curtail women's health care. This bill isn't just about taxpayer funding for abortion. It is a comprehensive attack on women's lives. We hear all the time that people want government out of their lives, out of their business. There is nothing more invasive than the government's getting in between families and their doctors when making this difficult decision.

This bill won't save taxpayer dollars or create jobs, but it will undermine women's health, and it will hurt small businesses by penalizing them for offering their employees insurance plans that cover a full range of women's health care. This is a slap in the face of small businesses, which are trying to take care of their companies, their employees and their own families. It is also a slap in the face to any family that has to make the difficult decision to seek abortion care.

As a daughter and wife of physicians, I am shocked that we would so quickly dismiss the judgment of our country's medical personnel and families in making the best decision to preserve the health and lives of their loved ones. We are wasting time on divisive issues while denying the real implications this will have on our families and economy.

I urge my colleagues to join me in strong opposition to this bill.


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