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Bonamici Votes Against Unconstitutional Abortion Ban

June 18, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted against H.R.1797, legislation that would jail doctors who perform medically necessary, constitutionally protected abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

“This bill takes away the ability of women to make their own health care decisions, and attempts to replace the informed judgment of doctors with the opinions of politicians.” Bonamici said, speaking from the U.S. House floor. “We know that when abortion is made illegal, it doesn’t go away, it just becomes unsafe.  Let’s not play politics with women’s health care.  Let’s focus on prevention and making sure that women have access to safe and legal abortions.”

Bonamici questioned the constitutionality of the legislation and cited the failure of the bill to provide an adequate exception for the life and health of the woman, forcing doctors to deny abortions to women who face severe, often fatal, anomalies diagnosed after 20 weeks. In a letter to Congress, several medical organizations cited fetal complications that might not be covered by the exception as drafted.

This legislation is opposed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Medical Women’s Association; American Nurses Association; American Society for Reproductive Medicine; Association of Reproductive Health Professionals; Medical Students for Choice; National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health; National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association; Physicians for Reproductive Health; Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and; Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.