Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Conyers Commends Judiciary Congresswomen for Denouncing Republican Attacks on Women’s Health

(WASHINGTON) – Today, all of the Democratic women on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee – including Representatives Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Karen Bass (D-Calif.) – sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) urging him to shift his focus away from denying women their constitutionally guaranteed right to make their own healthcare decisions, and towards critical Committee issues. This letter comes following the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice’s hearing last Thursday on H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and a day before a full Judiciary Committee Markup of the same legislation. After the letter was transmitted, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.
“I commend my colleagues for standing up to the Majority’s relentless attack on women. I stand shoulder to shoulder with my female colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in calling for this Congress to begin addressing the challenges facing women and families, rather than pushing a divisive political agenda. The Majority’s focus on undermining women’s constitutional rights has come at the expense of attending to pressing Judiciary Committee issues including: comprehensive immigration reform and a legislative review of our dragnet surveillance programs, amongst other bipartisan concerns. There is no need to squander 2014 on partisan sniping; going forward I urge Chairman Goodlatte to refocus our work towards advancing women’s healthcare not undermining it.”

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