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May 17, 2013

Statement of Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the Introduction of the Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban

Washington, D.C. — “Today, Rep. Trent Franks announced that he’s not content to deny the women of D.C. their constitutional right to safe and legal abortion so he’s extending his bill to prevent all of the women in America from exercising choices about how and when they have families.

“Rep. Franks is using this bill in a shameless effort to exploit the terrible tragedy in Pennsylvania where Kermit Gosnell was just convicted of murder for performing illegal abortions that resulted in killing of infants and women. The women of America deserve better.

“Gosnell was a criminal whose activities were made possible by the very kind of anti-choice policies Franks is advancing. By cutting funding, reducing access and imposing unnecessary restrictions on safe and legal abortion, anti-choice politicians have forced women – especially low-income women – into the waiting hands of unscrupulous operators like Kermit Gosnell.

“We will fight this senseless attack and protect the rights of all women.”

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