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April 9, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL: Senate GOP Abortion Ban Seeks to Punish and Control Women

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on unconstitutional abortion ban

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2019
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As the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on an unconstitutional abortion ban, which would have grave consequences for women’s rights and lives, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“The GOP is engaged in a coordinated attack on reproductive freedom, aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade and punishing women. From introducing a patchwork of legislation this year in over a dozen states to criminalize abortion, to launching a full-blown misinformation campaign aimed at vilifying women and families, the GOP’s agenda has reached new heights of cruelty. We look to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stand against this relentless campaign of political overreach to control women’s lives, bodies, and futures.”

Republicans in Congress have tried several times to advance unconstitutional abortion bans. This proposed legislation from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, harming women and families who face some of the most medically complex situations imaginable.

Meanwhile, bills that would effectively outlaw abortion have been introduced in more than a dozen statehouses across the country—Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina, and West Virginia. This session, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into a law a bill to ban abortion before many women know they are pregnant.

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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