Titus: GOP 20-Week Abortion Ban Legislation “Step Backward for Women’s Health”

Jan 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's First Congressional District spoke today on the House Floor in strong opposition to H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow, the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Below is a copy of Titus’ remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“I rise today in opposition to H.R. 36.  This bill is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s ruling 42 years ago in Roe v. Wade, and it is a dangerous attack on a woman’s constitutional right to choose.

“The bill does not include an exception for the physical or emotional health of the woman; it fails to provide sufficient protections for victims of rape and incest; and it has only a very narrow exception when a woman’s life is in danger.

“In short, the bill significantly reduces the safe, legal options that women have and prevents doctors from providing the most medically appropriate care for their patients.

“Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated a disregard for women’s healthcare, and this bill is just one more example of their continuing attack on women’s rights.  

“It is a step backward for women’s health and quite simply a dangerous distraction from the critical work that we should be doing.    

“I urge my colleagues to oppose this harmful and unconstitutional legislation.”