Statement from Republican Majority for ChoicePosted: January 21, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mallory Schwarz
WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2015) – As we mark the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, we are reminded of the critical real life situations that brought the right to choose to the forefront. We are dismayed that again on this day some GOP members of Congress are pushing a dangerous abortion ban, H.R. 36, that disregards the reasoning behind and protections established by the Roe decision.
Regardless of personal views of the issue of abortion, provisions in this ban go too far. H.R. 36 violates the private doctor-patient relationship, includes threats to jail physicians, and puts the health, future fertility and lives of women at risk. This proposal is particularly alarming due to the reporting requirement for victims of rape and incest. With the majority of rapes going unreported in the U.S., imposing such medically unnecessary restrictions only does more harm to women who have already survived assault.
We, like millions of other Republicans, believe in the core GOP values safeguarding the constitutional protections of privacy and the separation of Church and State. Yet, decades after the historic Roe ruling, we struggle with how personal freedom is too often disregarded in political gamesmanship. As Republicans we are eager to work with all members of our party and call on them today to move beyond areas of disagreement on reproductive health– and instead work together to advance evidence-based initiatives that reduce the rates of unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy and abortion.
Republican Majority for Choice
www.gopchoice.org * 202-629-1300
1900 L Street, NW, Suite 614, Washington, DC 20036