Reproductive Rights groups, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Abortion Rights League, will oppose the No Tax-Payer Funding for Abortion bill (HR 3), introduced yesterday by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congressional Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair with the support of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). The No Tax-Payer Funding for Abortion Act would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and would ensure that healthcare reform law does not cover the cost of abortions.
Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) stated that the Smith bill "would be the biggest intrusion on a woman's right to choose in our lifetime. This is not the will of the American people." Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, explained, "The Smith bill even goes as far as to take existing protections away from women whose lives are in danger from serious medical conditions."
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) described the bill as "one of our highest legislative priorities." During the 2010 campaign, Boehner made promises to be the most "pro-life speaker in history." Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, countered, "The 2010 elections were about jobs and the economy. It was not an endorsement of an anti-choice agenda."
Media Resources: NPR 1/21/11; CNN 1/20/11; NARAL Pro-Choice America 1/21/11; Statement of Planned Parenthood 1/20/11; National Partnership for Women and Families 1/20/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 1/10/11, 1/6/11
12/22/2014 President Obama Calls Only On Women During 2014's Last Press Conference - In case you missed it, President Obama on Friday held his last press conference of 2014 - and when it was time for questions, he only called on women.
The press corps has long been dominated by men, and Helen Thomas became the first female reporter to cover the White House in 1960.
It was not the first time President Obama took questions from only women. . . .