Statement of Republican Majority for Choice on Passage of H.J. Res. 43

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mallory Schwarz
202-629-1300

WASHINGTON, DC (May 1, 2015) – On Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure (H.J. Res. 43) preventing D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) from taking effect.

The RHNDA Act had nothing to do with insurance coverage as was widely reported – rather it stated that no employer could fire an employee based on that employee’s personal reproductive health care decisions. Once again we see many politicians creating an issue out of nothing, and endeavoring to take any reference to reproductive health care and automatically make it about abortion. In this case, however, the broad language of “reproductive health” could mean anything from taking birth control to having premarital sex. How do these personal decisions have anything to do with an employee’s performance at work?

The fact that certain members of the U.S. House of Representatives think it is ok for an employee to be fired for a decision like taking birth control is preposterous and insulting to citizens. It’s time for the Republican Caucus to come together and take a stand against this ongoing overreach and ridiculous voting trend that seems only to serve as a way to appease the most socially extreme members of Congress. There are numerous positive family planning initiatives that could help countless women and families, that could reduce the number of teen pregnancies, and actually reduce the rate and incidence of abortion. It’s time Congress took action on these policies and stopped pandering and wasting taxpayers’ time and dollars.

We are grateful for the thirteen Republican leaders who voted against this measure, yet another display of political horse-trading on the backs of women and families.

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Republican Majority for Choice
www.gopchoice.org * 202-629-1300
1900 L Street, NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036

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