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November 24, 2010

California Congressman Willing to Sell Out Women in Hope of a Committee Chairmanship

San Francisco, Calif. – Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, called reports of Rep. Jerry Lewis’ (CA-41) promise to attack a woman’s right to choose in exchange for a powerful committee chairmanship another sign of just how far anti-choice politicians will go to pacify their extreme right-wing base.

Politico reports today that, in a letter to his fellow anti-choice colleagues, Rep. Lewis outlines ways to use the Appropriations Committee to impose additional restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.  The committee oversees spending on many women’s health programs, including family-planning services and policies related to the new health-reform law. The Lewis letter comes on the heels of a letter last week from the National Right to Life Committee demanding control over another committee with jurisdiction over women’s health programs.

Everitt said Rep. Lewis’ letter exposes the hypocrisy of the new congressional leadership and how the pledge of a “smaller, less intrusive government” is a false promise.

“Rep. Jerry Lewis is out of touch with his constituents, who oppose allowing more political interference in our personal, private decisions,” Everitt said. “Lewis and his cronies want a government just small enough to fit inside our bedrooms and our medicine cabinets. Voters did not endorse an extreme agenda aimed at undermining a woman’s right to choose, and politicians like Jerry Lewis are going to find that out when their push to attack choice generates an intense public backlash.”

Everitt said NARAL Pro-Choice America has an online resource outlining the expected anti-choice attacks in the New Congress:

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