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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Karen Bass issues statement on House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing of Republican Anti-Choice Legislation

January 9, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice’s hearing today on the “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”:

“Here we go again. Instead of House Republicans focusing on ways to help the American people—by either raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, or passing comprehensive immigration reform—the men of the House Judiciary Committee have made it their priority to tell American women that they know best what they should do with their bodies, instead of ensuring this decision is between a woman and her doctor.

“If passed, this legislation would deny abortion coverage to the 9.7 million women who are currently enrolled in Medicaid, and up to 4.6 million more women who will become subject to the original abortion coverage ban if all the states take up the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

“I was also troubled that the Subcommittee denied District of Columbia Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton the ability to testify. This legislation will have a dramatic impact on her constituents who live in the District of Columbia, and shutting off her voice is an egregious abuse of the majority power.”