Center for Reproductive Rights Testimony on H.R. 3 and H.R. 358
02.18.11 - In this written testimony, we respond to arguments by anti-choice witnesses at the hearings before the Judiciary Committee‘s Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding H.R. 3 (the ―"No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act") and the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee regarding the bill that had been numbered H.R. 358 prior to revision (the ―"Protect Life Act").
First, we observe that access to abortion is a fundamental part of providing a full range of reproductive healthcare choices for women. One in three American women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Abortion is one of the most common procedures performed in American medicine. In 2005, for example, 1.21 million abortions were performed, and 22 percent of all pregnancies were terminated by an abortion. Abortion is among the safest medical procedures, and is considered a low-risk procedure.
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