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2012 Congressional Record on Choice

California

How Members of Congress Voted

Y or + Pro-choice vote
N or - Anti-choice vote
P Present
A Absent*
I Ineligible
n/a Voting score not applicable
* Total score may reflect past vote or confirmed position on issue. If a member misses many votes due to a medical absence, a total score does not appear.

U.S. Senate

  Senate Vote
  Birth-Control Refusal Law
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) Y
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) Y

See the Editor's Note for more on the Senate vote methodology in 2012.


U.S. House of Representatives

    House Votes Pro-Choice
Score
    PreNDA D.C. Abortion Ban
01 Rep. Mike Thompson (D) + + 100
02 Rep. Wally Herger (R) - - 0
03 Rep. Dan Lungren (R) - - 0
04 Rep. Tom McClintock (R) - - 0
05 Rep. Doris Matsui (D) + + 100
06 Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D) + + 100
07 Rep. George Miller (D) + + 100
08 Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) + + 100
09 Rep. Barbara Lee (D) + + 100
10 Rep. John Garamendi (D) - + 50
11 Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) + + 100
12 Rep. Jackie Speier (D) + + 100
13 Rep. Pete Stark (D) + + 100
14 Rep. Anna Eshoo (D) + + 100
15 Rep. Michael Honda (D) + + 100
16 Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) + + 100
17 Rep. Sam Farr (D) + + 100
18 Rep. Dennis Cardoza (Res.) (D) + A n/a
19 Rep. Jeff Denham (R) - - 0
20 Rep. Jim Costa (D) + + 100
21 Rep. Devin Nunes (R) - - 0
22 Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) A - 0
23 Rep. Lois Capps (D) + + 100
24 Rep. Elton Gallegly (R) - - 0
25 Rep. Buck McKeon (R) - - 0
26 Rep. David Dreier (R) - + 50
27 Rep. Brad Sherman (D) + + 100
28 Rep. Howard Berman (D) + + 100
29 Rep. Adam Schiff (D) + + 100
30 Rep. Henry Waxman (D) + + 100
31 Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) + + 100
32 Rep. Judy Chu (D) + + 100
33 Rep. Karen Bass (D) + + 100
34 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) + + 100
35 Rep. Maxine Waters (D) + + 100
36 Rep. Janice Hahn (D) + + 100
37 Rep. Laura Richardson (D) + + 100
38 Rep. Grace Napolitano (D) A + 100
39 Rep. Linda Sánchez (D) + + 100
40 Rep. Ed Royce (R) - - 0
41 Rep. Jerry Lewis (R) A - 0
42 Rep. Gary Miller (R) - - 0
43 Rep. Joe Baca (D) + + 100
44 Rep. Ken Calvert (R) - - 0
45 Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) + + 100
46 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) - A 0
47 Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) + + 100
48 Rep. John Campbell (R) - A 0
49 Rep. Darrell Issa (R) - - 0
50 Rep. Brian Bilbray (R) - - 0
51 Rep. Bob Filner (D) + A 100
52 Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) - - 0
53 Rep. Susan Davis (D) + + 100

Legend

Numbers beside House members' names denote congressional districts; AL denotes at-large.

2012 Congressional Record on Choice Votes

Pro-choice scores for 2012 are based on the following votes.

Senate Votes

  1. Birth-Control Refusal Law. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, S.1813. Motion to table the Blunt (R-MO) amendment to allow any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason. Passed 51-48. A pro-choice vote (Y) was in support of the motion to table (3/1/12).

House Votes

  1. Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PreNDA). H.R.3541. Final passage. Franks (R-AZ) bill to criminalize a doctor for failing to determine if the sex of the pregnancy is a factor in a woman's abortion decision. Failed 168-246 under suspension of the rules. A two-thirds majority of those present and voting is required to pass a bill under suspension of the rules. (In this case, 286 votes were needed to pass the bill.) A pro-choice vote (+) was against the bill (5/31/12).

  2. D.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban. District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R.3803. Final passage. Franks (R-AZ) bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., with no exception to protect a woman's health, or in cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly. The bill threatens physicians with a two-year prison sentence if they violate the ban and overrides District home rule. Failed 154-220 under suspension of the rules. A two-thirds majority of those present and voting is required to pass a bill under suspension of the rules. (In this case, 289 votes were needed to pass the bill.) A prochoice vote (+) was against the bill (7/31/12).

Party Affiliation

(D) Democrat
(R) Republican
(I) Independent

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Editor's Note: Occasionally the House or Senate takes only one vote on a reproductive-rights issue during the session. In these instances, NARAL's traditional method of calculating lawmakers' records—by percentage, representing the sum of all the year's votes—does not accurately reflect members' positions on reproductive rights. 2012 is a case in point, with only one vote on reproductive rights in the Senate. In order to address this circumstance, and in keeping with past practice, we have indicated each senator's vote with a "Y" or "N" rather than a numerical percentage.

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