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March 17, 2015 / Press Releases

Republican Leadership’s Obsession with Banning Abortion Holds Women Hostage

March 17, 2015

In response to the continued melee that surrounds the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement:

“This is yet another manipulative attempt by extremists who are abusing their power to relentlessly chip away at our legally established right to abortion, with the ultimate goal of outright banning abortion. Poll after poll shows that seven in ten Americans support access to legal abortion, yet extreme anti-choice Republicans are forcing survivors of human trafficking to be pawns in their reprehensible political games.

The series of events surrounding this bill serves an alarming display of what the Republican leadership intends for women in America: restrict abortion care, single out and deny confirmation of the first African American female U.S. Attorney General and stall compassionate solutions for survivors of trafficking.

Considering how the Republican party is losing support from women, you’d think its leaders would have learned their lesson; but these deplorable antics have only proven otherwise. Playing politics with the lives of women and girls desperately in need of access to reproductive health care is unbecoming of the U.S. Senate and a hideous abuse of power. To do right by women and victims of human trafficking, the Senate must pass a clean bill and do so immediately.”

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.”


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

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