The draft budget bill (H.R. 1) passed by the House of Representatives would overrule the decision of 400,000-plus voters in the District of Columbia to fund medically necessary abortions for low-income women. The bill would prohibit the District from spending its own funds to provide abortions and deny the over 60,000 non-elderly Medicaid-enrolled women the comprehensive reproductive healthcare they need – despite the fact that such funding has been supported by District voters and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s congressional representative. Congress should reject this provision and allow District voters to determine their own policy.
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