The House Subcommittee on the Constitution will stage a hearing on Thursday for a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the District of Colombia. And much like the last major Republican hearing on female reproductive rights, women are being shut out — or at least, one woman: the district’s female congressional representative.
While committee chair Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), author of the bill being discussed, has not yet revealed who will be testifying, he has revealed who won’t be. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the sole federal representative of Washington, D.C. in Congress, said this week that she sent a letter to Franks asking to testify on behalf of her constituents, but her request was denied.
“I think this is, unfortunately, what we’ve kind of come to expect from the anti-choice contingent in the House of Representatives,” Val Vilott, board president of the advocacy group D.C. Abortion Fund, told Raw Story on Wednesday. “I think that this proves unequivocally that they’re more interested in their own anti-choice, anti-woman political agenda than they are in the well-being of residents in the District of Colombia or women.”
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