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Rep. Foster Opposes Yet Another Attempt by House Republicans to Restrict a Woman’s Right to Choose

Jan 28, 2014
Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster voted against H.R. 7, a Republican bill that seeks to eliminate comprehensive reproductive health insurance coverage for women.

“Instead of legislation to create jobs, fix our broken immigration system or extend unemployment insurance, House Republicans are once again wasting time by attempting to limit a woman’s right to choose,” said Foster. “None of us can presume to know what complications may arise during a pregnancy, or all the circumstances surrounding a personal, medical decision to continue or to end a pregnancy. This is an inherently private decision that must be made by a woman and her doctor, not the government, and the United States Supreme Court has long recognized as much.”

House Republicans are continuing to pursue an aggressive, anti-choice agenda. H.R. 7 marks the 10th time, since 2011, that House Republicans have voted to restrict women’s choice.

This legislation would prevent any woman or small business from receiving a tax credit to purchase insurance through the insurance marketplaces if they purchased a plan that covered abortion. In fact, H.R. 7 goes far beyond current law, which already prohibits federal tax dollars from paying for abortion care, except in the limited cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the woman is in danger, and uses our tax code to infringe upon the rights of women and families.