REP. GUTIÉRREZ, FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, VOTES AGAINST H.R. 7
"I am not a doctor, not a health care expert, and not a woman, so I do not feel qualified to restrict women's health access to certain valid and legal medical procedures -- and neither should my colleagues," Rep. Gutiérrez
Washington, DC – Today, the House is voting on H.R. 7, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," legislation that simultaneously attempts to restrict the health care options available to women and to restrict and politicize the Affordable Care Act. The bill would go beyond the current ban on federal funding for abortions to restrict tax incentives for insurance plans that cover abortion procedures, restrict pre-tax income in health savings accounts (HSAs) from going towards abortion procedures, and restricting tax deductions for medical expenses that include abortion procedures. Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a Member of the Judiciary Committee, which approved H.R. 7 on a party line vote on January 15, is a long-time advocate for women's health, issued the following statement:
"We already restrict federal money from paying for abortions except in the case of rape, incest, and preserving the life of the mother. Now the Republican majority wants to mess around with the tax code to restrict a woman's access to a doctor's care even more and play politics with women's lives. It must be an election year if they are handing out candy to the base.
"I am not a doctor, not a health care expert, and not a woman, so I do not feel qualified to restrict women's health access to certain valid and legal medical procedures -- and neither should my colleagues.
"With all of the major issues facing the country right now, spending time attacking women’s health just doesn't make sense."
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