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October 3, 2017 / Press Releases

NARAL: Anti-Choice GOP Reveals its True Priorities with Abortion Ban Vote

The extreme, anti-choice GOP continue their obsession with rolling back reproductive freedom

October 3, 2017

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement in response to the 20-week abortion ban that passed in the House today:

“It’s unfathomable that two days after the worst mass shooting in modern American history, with Americans clamoring for action to make our families safe, and millions of Americans in Puerto Rico living without electricity or safe drinking water, the GOP-led Congress would instead choose to prioritize this abortion ban that will place women at grave risk. Their complete disregard to govern in a way that matches the priorities of the American people is staggering.

“Abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy is rare and almost always medically complicated. There is no place in these conversations for politicians pursuing an ideological agenda with no knowledge of the medical specifics of each case. Women making these difficult decisions need medical professionals, not tone deaf legislation.

“Given the complete failure of the GOP to deliver on their promise to rob healthcare from millions of Americans, this bill is designed entirely to mollify an agitated base and avoid Donald Trump’s ire at the lack of legislative action under Republican leadership. It’s unsurprising that the anti-choice GOP would make women foot the bill.”

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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