DANBURY, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, spoke against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that later passed in the House of Representatives.
The act, also known as H.R. 7, passed by a vote of 227 to 188. Esty, who represents the state's 5th District, which includes Danbury, voiced her "strong opposition" to the bill before the vote.
“Forty-one years ago, the Supreme Court recognized that women have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health,” Esty said. “Yet once again, the House of Representatives is choosing to senselessly attack women’s rights.
“This bill is an unprecedented overreach. It would place restrictions on women using private funds to buy private insurance for their most personal medical decisions. It would restrict a woman’s right to make personal medical decisions by bullying small businesses to either drop comprehensive health coverage for female employees or face losing tax credits.
“It’s nothing more than a mean-spirited attempt to shame women out of being in control of their own health. We can, and must, do better.”