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Metro Brief: New legislation limits pregnancy options after 20 weeks

On February 5, 2012

On January 24, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Jackie Speier (D-CA), both members of the Pro-Choice Caucus, spoke out against new legislation that would ban all abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks, with extremely limited exceptions.

  "This bill is nothing more than the latest attack on a woman's right to choose by those who would deny them access to the care they need during what is easily the most difficult decision and most challenging time of their lives," said Rep. Quigley. "The extreme agenda pushed by anti-choice advocates often ignores the fact that, for some women, pregnancy can be extremely dangerous and life threatening for both the mother and the fetus. This is why the 20 week abortion ban introduced today is especially cruel."

  "I am outraged by the continued attacks on women's health and our constitutional right to make crucial decisions about our health and our families," said Rep. Speier. "Congress has no place in the decision making process between a woman and her physician. Women in the District of Columbia should not be treated as second-class citizens. Rest assured, my Pro-Choice Caucus colleagues and I will continue to protect the rights of women in the District of Columbia and across the nation."

The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), imposes federal restrictions against women seeking reproductive care in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Several states have similar laws, which do not include exceptions for cases of rape and incest, pose a serious threat to women's lives and potentially their ability to have children in the future.  

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