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MARCH 26, 2003
4:29 PM
Jenny Backus at (202) 973-3032
Rollback of Women's Reproductive Rights Continues
Anti-Choice House Leaders Fastrack Bill Criminalizing Safe, Legal Abortion Procedures
Statement by NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman
WASHINGTON - March 26 - "Today's House action shows that legislation banning safe abortion procedures for women is on the fast track. It is amazing that even at a time of war anti-choice advocates are able to move their anti-Roe agenda through Congress and to the White House with such speed. In fact, this bill contains the very same constitutional flaws as the laws struck down by the Supreme Court: it fails to protect women's health and it bans more than one procedure, these flaws appear insignificant and unimportant to these anti-choice elected officials. What kind of message does it send to the world that our government is moving restrict constitutional rights and liberties back home the women who live in this country?

"President Bush says he will sign this bill into law. If it were to go into effect, women would no longer be able to count on receiving the safest, best care from their doctors without the fear of criminal penalties. Physicians no longer would be able to decide what is best for the health of their patients. I shudder to think what right, what freedom and what liberty is next on their anti-choice agenda. We must be vigilant in our efforts to protect the right to choose because it is patently clear that Washington politicians want to take it away."


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