FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected], 202-223-8073
Sen. Blumenthal’s “Women’s Health Protection Act” is Dangerous for Women and Children
Washington, D.C. – This morning the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony concerning S.1696, the “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013,” introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser condemned the bill, which would override nearly all federal and state laws limiting abortion, including third-trimester bans on abortion, limits on abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, and laws against sex-selection abortion.
“Majority Leader Reid earns the label ‘pro-abortion’ this week. Not only will the Senate vote to force religious Americans to pay for the abortion drugs of others, the bill under consideration today would invalidate hundreds of pro-life, pro-woman laws. The effect? This would enshrine abortion on demand up until birth. ” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
“Rather than promoting a fringe abortion agenda, Majority Leader Reid ought to allow a hearing on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – an initiative actually supported by the majority of Americans. Voters have a choice: taxpayer financed abortion on demand until birth or a common ground 5 month Pain-Capable bill. I think we know who wins that one. ”
Forty women legislators from across the nation, including members of the SBA List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, have also sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senator Chuck Grassley registering their opposition to the legislation. S.1696 would undo laws many of the laws these women have worked to pass in their home states.
The coalition wrote: “…we are profoundly alarmed by Congressional consideration of an extreme and unwarranted measure like S.1696. At one fell stroke this legislation would undo decades’ worth of commonsense legislation that has passed muster with the people of our state, their elected representatives, and our courts. This radical bill will expose women and their unborn children to an ungovernable regime of abortion until the time of birth.”
Yesterday the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the SBA List released a paper examining the profound impact the legislation would have on existing federal and state laws. The full text of the paper can be found online here.
The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.