Statement of Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the Introduction of the Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2013
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.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”