Pro-Choice Voter Guide: Connecticut District 04
Rep. Jim Himes
Rep. Jim Himes (D) is pro-choice. He is the incumbent.
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Rep. Himes.
Rep. Himes earned a 100-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.
Voted twice against the proposal to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Voted against H.R.3, a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges; impose tax penalties on small businesses and many individuals who purchase private health plans that include abortion coverage; and make permanent several restrictions that block many women from accessing abortion care.
Voted to ensure that hospitals must provide emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.
Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC in 2010.
On his congressional website, Rep. Himes states: "I believe that women must be able to make their own decisions about their health without fear of government intrusion, and am firmly committed to protecting their reproductive rights. However, there is much more we can and must do to achieve the goals shared on both sides of this issue. I have and will continue to support efforts to reduce unplanned pregnancies through the availability of critical family planning services and access to comprehensive sex education. Through common-sense efforts, I hope to find opportunities to put differences aside and work in common purpose to ensure that potential parents are empowered to make good choices and every child grows up in a stable, loving family."
Steve Obsitnik (R) is presumed to be mixed-choice.