Edwards Denounces another Republican Assault on Women’s Health
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Earlier in the day, Congresswoman Edwards took to the House Floor in opposition to the legislation. The bill would impose a ban across the country on abortions after 20 weeks and prohibit pre-viability abortions outright without an adequate life exception that takes a woman’s health into account. It passed the House by a vote of 228-196.
“Today’s bill is another Republican assault on women’s health and the tenth vote in the House of Representatives this year to restrict reproductive rights. This legislation blatantly violates the Constitution and puts the government squarely between a woman and her doctor – where it has no place. Once again it is clear that my Republican colleagues are unable or unwilling to put forth ideas to create jobs or strengthen our economy. Instead, they would rather waste taxpayer time on ideologically driven legislation that threatens the health security of women across our country.”