January 22, 2015

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Votes To Protect Women’s Rights And Access To Health Care

Today, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted against H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015, a misleadingly named bill that would restrict women’s private health care options. This bill was a last-minute, late-night addition to the House Floor schedule by House Republicans after pulling H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, an unconstitutional national ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman released the following statement:

“H.R. 7 and H.R. 36 are radical assaults against women’s health care options and reproductive rights. Late last night, without notice to members, the Majority pulled their original bill and rushed a new one to the floor, after Republicans failed to garner enough support for their own extreme measure that would have stripped women of their constitutionally-protected right to manage their own health care decisions. H.R. 7 is no better. This bill denies women access to critical medical care and comprehensive health care coverage.”

“I share the consensus with the 78% of American voters, including New Jerseyans in the 12th Congressional District, who believe the government should not interfere in a discussion reserved for a woman and her medical doctor. I am committed to protecting women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care services, including access to contraceptives; education regarding all reproductive options; and support for women before, during, and after the birth of a child. I will continue to defend a woman's right to choose and vigorously oppose attacks against it.”