Blumenauer Statement on GOP’s Assault on Women’s Health

January 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on Republican efforts to limit women’s access to safe reproductive health care:

“Days after hundreds of thousands of women marched in Portland and cities across the world, Congressional Republicans once again are seeking to limit women’s access to safe reproductive health care. H.R. 7 is a sweeping ban on abortion coverage and another callous attempt to insert Congress into the most personal of conversations between a woman and her physician. I strongly oppose this legislation.

“This legislation comes on the same week we mark the 44th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade and the same week Donald Trump reinstated the global gag rule, or ‘Mexico City policy,’ which bans all foreign non-profits that receive U.S. aid from offering abortion-related services. H.R. 7 and the Mexico City policy are flawed and ineffective policies that will harm health and economic security of women around the world.

“I have repeatedly voted against attempts to limit a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Once again, these actions by Congressional Republicans and the Trump-Pence administration make it clear that the GOP does not care about the rights and autonomy of women anywhere – not just in the United States.

“As we clearly saw this past weekend, Republicans have no mandate to take away women’s basic rights. Women everywhere will continue to fight these harmful policies, and I will continue to be one of their strongest allies in this fight.”