Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) on Tuesday accused congressional Republicans of wanting women to die from "unsafe abortions" while she spoke in opposition to H.R. 7, a bill that would prevent taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions.
"Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 7. This discriminatory bill would undermine a woman's access to abortion care, which is a constitutional right, as affirmed by Roe v. Wade, 44 years ago," Lee said.
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Lee added that Republicans would be "restricting access" to reproductive health care for millions of women, especially low-income and minority women, by making the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prevents federal funds from being allocated towards the funding of abortions.
Lee then recalled her days working as a staffer on Capitol Hill, where she remembered the days of back-alley abortions.
"Clearly, Republicans are trying to take us back to the days when women died from unsafe abortions in this country," she said. "Women should be able to make their own decisions about reproductive health care, including abortions, without members of Congress or employers interfering."