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EMILY’s List Denounces “On Notice” House Republicans for Voting to Pass National Abortion Ban

***Similar statements will be sent locally today targeting House Republicans Rodney Davis (IL-13), Joe Heck (NV-03), Tom Latham (IA-03), Gary Miller (CA-31), Tom Reed (NY-23), Scott Tipton (CO-03), David Valadao (CA-21), and Bill Young (FL-13)***

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, denounced “On Notice” Republican Representatives for voting to pass H.R. 1797, a bill that would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks for all U.S. women. The unconstitutional ban does not include exceptions for the health of the pregnant woman.

Republicans “On Notice” meet two special criteria. First, they've amassed appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records. And second, there is major Democratic female talent waiting in the wings.

The “On Notice” Republicans in Congress are Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Joe Heck (NV-03), John Kline (MN-02), Tom Latham (IA-03), Gary Miller (CA-31), Tom Reed (NY-23), Scott Tipton (CO-03), David Valadao (CA-21), Dan Webster (FL-10), and Bill Young (FL-13).

“These House Republicans are pushing an extreme and unconstitutional abortion ban that would threaten the health and safety of women across the country,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “It’s clear that jobs, the economy, and the well being of American women are not priorities for the GOP, which just jumps from one piece of terrible anti-woman legislation to the next. Women rejected the Republican agenda by historic margins in 2012, but it’s clear the GOP hasn’t learned its lesson. The EMILY’s List community --now more than two million members strong – is ready to let them know that they can’t double down on the same dangerous ideas over and over again and expect voters to keep them in office on Election Day.”

Background: Impact of 20-Week Abortion Ban

Fact: Franks’ Bill is a Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade. On May 20, 2013 Think Progress reported on Franks’ legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “In fact, 20-week abortion bans are a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of legal abortion rights until the point of viability, which is generally accepted to occur around 24 weeks of pregnancy. That’s why, after a handful of states recently enacted 20-week bans, several of them landed in court.

[Think Progress, 5/20/13]

  • Similar Bans in the States Have Failed in the Courts. On January 4, 2013 it was reported that a Georgia law banning abortions after 20 weeks was struck down when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs issued a preliminary injunction on the bill. In Arizona, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the state’s 20-week abortion ban. [National Partnership for Women and Families, 1/3/13; Think Progress, 8/1/12]
  • Franks’ Nearly Identical Bill Failed in 2012. On July 31, 2012 the House voted under suspension of the rules on Rep. Trent Franks’ bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. The bill, HR 3803, failed, 220-154. [HR 3803, 7/31/12; National Partnership for Women and Families, 8/1/12]
  • Moderate Republicans Protested Vote, Citing Need for Focus on “Real Issues.” On June 10, 2013 Roll Call reported on Rep. Franks’ bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Roll Call reported on his previous attempt to pass the legislation in 2012 and the opposition from some moderate Republicans. “When the earlier iteration of the bill was on the floor last year, then-Reps. Mary Bono Mack of California and Robert Dold of Illinois, both moderate Republicans, confronted Cantor on the chamber floor for forcing their vote on the measure. ‘It was very frustrating,’ Bono Mack told CQ Roll Call recently. ‘There were real issues to focus on that should have been the news of the day. It wasn’t this.’ Bono Mack was ultimately defeated in her re-election campaign in 2012, as was Dold.” [Roll Call, 6/10/13]

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