Washington, D.C. - On the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, House Republicans had planned on advancing extreme legislation that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks with the only exception being to protect the life of the mother.  Due to strong opposition by Democrats and some Republicans, they instead introduced a bill that would disproportionately restrict low-income women’s access to abortions and family planning services.  Congressman Smith released the following statement opposing the legislation:

“On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we should be building on advancements in women’s healthcare rights and family planning services.  Unfortunately, Republicans seem intent on stripping these gains and restricting both comprehensive healthcare coverage and access to abortions.  I strongly oppose these efforts because the government should not be making health decisions that ought to be left between a woman, her doctor, and her family.  

“That is why I cosponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, which protects a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions no matter where she lives and promotes access to family planning services.  I will continue to do all I can in Congress to protect a woman’s right to choose and her access to the family planning services she needs.”