Campaign 2010

Jan 22, 2014

41 Years After Roe vs. Wade Eric Cantor Leads House Republicans’ Assault on Women’s Health

Republican House Leader Eric Cantor and his Congressional Republican colleagues are honoring the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision by stepping up their attacks on women’s health care. As he spends his day in Washington rallying with the extreme wing of the Republican party, there is no question that the misplaced priorities of Leader Cantor’s Republican Congress are on full display and their war on women stays strong.

“This is a simple and once again unfortunate case of Leader Cantor and House Republicans pandering to the extreme right at the expense of women’s health,” said Kelly Ward of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republicans face political trouble at home because the American people want Congress to focus on the economy and on strengthening the middle class, not these divisive and already settled fights on a woman’s access to important medical care.”

BACKGROUND:

Cantor Appeared at March for Life Demonstration Today. “Mr. Priebus, the Republican chairman, will attend the March for Life this week, rare for a party leader. So will Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader. In years past, Republican presidents have addressed the march by phone or video message to avoid speaking in person.” [New York Times, 1/20/14]

  • Headline: Cantor to speak at anti-abortion rally in D.C. [Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/22/14]

House Republicans’ Anti-Abortion Bill Could Prompt IRS to Audit Rape Victims. “A panel of 12 men on the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill Thursday that would deny tax subsidies to women and small businesses who purchase health insurance plans that include abortion coverage. The bill only makes an exception for rape and incest victims and women who would die without abortion care, which opponents say could prompt the IRS to audit any woman who claims one of these exceptions.” [Huffington Post, 1/08/14]


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