Pro-Abortion Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Overturn Pro-Life Laws

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Overturn Pro-Life Laws

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 22, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Though they were unable to pass the legislation when they had control of Congress and Bill Clinton in the White House, pro-abortion lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced the Freedom of Choice Act. The pro-abortion bill would codify the Roe v. Wade decision and make it federal law.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), a New York congressman, joined representatives of Planned Parenthood and NARAL at a ceremony Thursday announcing the bill.

The symbolic measure, introduced by abortion advocates to honor the 31st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that overturned pro-life laws disallowing abortions, is not expected to go anywhere.

Pro-life groups say the bill won’t even receive a committee hearing in either the House or Senate, where pro-life lawmakers control the agenda.

That hasn’t stopped pro-abortion groups from hailing the measure.

They described the bill as "a landmark piece of legislation designed to protect women’s civil liberties and prohibit the government from interfering in the exercise of reproductive rights."

"A woman’s right to make her own child bearing and reproductive health choices has been systematically eroded by anti-choice hardliners and this bill is designed to restore and protect this fundamental human right," said Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The legislation would invalidate pro-life laws that provide reasonable limits on abortion such as Right to Know laws and waiting periods that have helped reduce the number of abortions.

In a press release, Planned Parenthood officials said its members would show support for the pro-abortion bill by holding up signs at intersections today in major cities across the United States.

In April, the two pro-abortion groups, and others, will hold a national pro-abortion march in Washington, where they hope to have 500,000 abortion advocates on hand.