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U.S. Rep. Ron Barber Stands Up for Women, Opposes Affront to Women's Health in the House


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today opposed a House effort to ban virtually all abortions after 20 weeks with inadequate protections for a woman's health.

"As the father of two strong women and grandfather of three granddaughters, I oppose any effort to put government in charge of a woman's private medical decisions," Barber said.

"We must protect the right of every woman to make her health care decisions with her doctor -- and without interference by politicians in Washington," Barber added. "Only she can decide what is best for her or her family."

The legislation, HR 1797, passed the House on a mostly party-line vote. It is unlikely to be considered by the Senate and the president has said he would veto it.

Barber also spoke against the legislation yesterday on the floor of the House.

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