Center for Reproductive Rights Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures,
Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives, March 16, 2011
The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination, and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We envision a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children, where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available, where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination. More simply put, we envision a world in which every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society.
H.R. 3 interferes with private healthcare choices. It does so by imposing draconian tax penalties on small businesses and middle-class families, by making the existing harmful and discriminatory bans on abortion coverage more intractable, by encroaching on the private lives of government workers, and by heightening dangerous refusal provisions that are at odds with prevailing standards of care, and out of step with international and human rights law. Congress should emphatically reject this extreme proposal.
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