Statement by the Congressional Pro-Choice Leaders on Senate Abortion Provision Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, released the following statement on the abortion provision included in the U.S. Senate’s health care bill:
BigNews.Biz - Dec 27,2009 - WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, today released the following statement on the abortion provision included in the U.S. Senate’s health care bill:
“As the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, we have serious reservations about the abortion provision included in the U.S. Senate’s health care bill. This provision is not only offensive to people who believe in choice, but it is also possibly unconstitutional. As we have maintained throughout this process, health care reform should not be misused to take away access to health care. The more than 190-member Caucus will review this language carefully as we move forward on health care reform.”
About Congresswoman Diana DeGette
Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 7th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As Vice Chair of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. As lead whip, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.