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REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST THE LATEST HOUSE GOP ATTEMPT TO REGULATE CHOICE

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the House Republican Leadership’s legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks. This legislation, he said, would greatly endanger the health of the mother.  It would deny care to women in the most desperate of circumstances, and is another attempt to restrict a woman’s right to choose.

“Despite the offensive rhetoric by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, there are real health dangers for women at this stage of pregnancy.  Barely more than one percent of all abortions take place after 20 weeks, and the vast majority of these cases involve learning about serious health risks for the mother or for the fetus.  Banning this procedure is inhumane to women, and their families, who have to endure such circumstances.  It is equally offensive that a very narrow rape and incest exception was included – one that requires reporting to law enforcement.  According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 54 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police. 

“My colleagues should stop pandering to their most extreme factions and providing talking points for campaign usage.  We have a long list of real issues – job creation, immigration reform, gun control, education reform – which needs Congressional attention.  To waste time on bills such as this one accomplishes nothing.  I am grateful this bill stands absolutely no chance of passing in the Senate and ever becoming law.”

 

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