Since they haven’t made much progress restricting abortion access uniformly at the federal House Republicans have decided to have another go with restricting abortions in the District of Columbia.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) announced plans to author the District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012. The bill would require minors in D.C. to obtain parental consent before having an abortion, prohibits non-doctors from performing abortions and provides conscience protections for individuals and health care facilities in D.C. that refuse to perform abortions.
“The right to life is sacred and undeniable,” Amash wrote on his congressional website. “It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.”
On Tuesday D.C’s lone representative, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) blasted Amash’s plans and ongoing efforts by the GOP to restrict abortions solely in the District. “Rep. Amash is spending time in the House meddling in my district, instead of attending to the needs of his own constituents,” she wrote in a statement. “His bill would overturn our local laws with no accountability to our residents.” Norton continued “Above all, the anti-choice, D.C.-only bills reveal a lack of courage to put forward the same abortion bills for the entire country,” she added. “Neither Representative Amash or any other autocratic member of Congress will get a free pass when trying to bully the District with bills they dare not introduce for the nation.”
Good for Del. Norton for calling out House Republicans here. Too bad it won’t stop the nonsense.
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