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Blumenthal Statement On House Passage Of 20-week Abortion Ban Legislation

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation that would place a nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks and severely restrict women’s rights:

This measure is another reprehensible attempt to dismantle women’s fundamental right to health care. Claims that this legislation is improved from the failed version presented earlier this year are blatantly false – in many ways, this legislation is worse than before. If the legislation were law, doctors could be required to disclose the locations of their clinics, inevitably threatening the safety of doctors, employees, and patients. This bill also places unnecessary burdens on victims of rape or incest by requiring excessive reporting and proof of traumatic and horrible events. Any doctor who failed to comply with the requirements in this bill would face up to five years in prison. This legislation is just another way to restrict and sabotage women’s constitutional rights, and I will fight to make sure it is not enacted into law.”