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April 26, 2013

Statement of Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the introduction of the 20-Week Abortion Ban in the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. — “Again, anti-choice politicians have decided to play politics with the lives of women in the nation’s capital. Rep. Trent Franks has reintroduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia and impose his narrow personal ideology on the women there. This attack on women’s freedom and their ability to chart their own futures is unacceptable.

“Indeed, these politicians seem obsessed with attacking women’s health and privacy. They truly believe that women can’t make decisions for themselves and need guidance from Congress. And even though seven in 10 Americans agree that a woman has a right to make decisions about her body, these politicians have gone to great lengths to restrict this right for women in D.C.

“This bill is especially harmful because it fails to account for cases when a pregnancy results from rape or incest, or in the tragic circumstance of a fetal anomaly. A woman whose much-wanted pregnancy has turned into a heartbreaking loss deserves better than to have her life complicated that much more by meddlesome politicians.

“As the political arm of the nation’s pro-choice movement, we will fight this senseless attack and protect the rights of the women in D.C.”

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