April 2, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on House GOP Discharge Petition on Extreme Abortion Bill

Steve Scalise and GOP send message that they are willing to play politics with women’s rights

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

In response to House GOP plans to bring forth a discharge petition to try to force a vote on the House version of Senator Ben Sasse’s extreme bill, NARAL Vice President Adrienne Kimmell issued the following statement:

This political stunt is an attempt by the House GOP to distract from the outrage following their extreme and unpopular attacks on reproductive freedom– from the latest ban in Georgia that bans abortion before many women even know they’re pregnant, to similar bills in Mississippi to Kentucky to Alabama and many more. Anti-choice politicians like Steve Scalise and Ann Wagner are out-of-step with the vast majority of Americans who believe that a woman, not politicians, should be able to make her own decisions about if, when, and with whom to grow her family. That they would choose to push a bill that is political in nature and has no chance of passing, rather than work to solve the country’s maternal mortality crisis or help reunite children separated from their parents at the border, puts the hypocrisy of the “pro-life” party into acute focus. We need leaders who understand it isn’t their place to play judge and jury for women.

On background:

Despite pushing for a discharge position this week, in 2018 Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) explicitly opposed a discharge petition circulated by members of his own party, and even condemned the practice of discharge petitions overall:

From Roll Call:

“The Goodlatte-McCaul bill is the only bill introduced in the House that Trump has signaled he’d support.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said he thinks that measure is the right answer to the DACA problem but acknowledged that some members prefer a different approach to protecting Dreamers.

“A discharge petition is not the way to legislate,” the Louisiana Republican said, noting he’s urged members not to sign it.

“I’ve talked to some members about the importance of keeping control of the legislative vehicle and solving the problem on our terms, where we focus on solutions, not politics,” Scalise said.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  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.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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