House Holds First Hearing on Anti-Choice Bill

Congressional staffers and advocates on both sides packed a House Judiciary Committee room on Tuesday for the first hearing on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3). The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on the Constitution. Security personnel cut off the line about five people before me because the room was full, so I missed out on watching the hearing in person. But news coverage was available afterward, including commentary on Family Research Council’s testimony and reports of DC Vote’s silent protest, which led to the ejection of 11 activists.

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, submitted written testimony on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis and Women of Reform Judaism, expressing the Reform Movement’s strong opposition to H.R. 3. As Rabbi Saperstein stated:

“The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) would result in greater government interference in what is typically a very private, and often religious, decision. As Reform Jews committed to the sanctity of a woman’s life and personal dignity, and as Americans committed to core Constitutional principles, we must oppose H.R. 3 and urge your Subcommittee to do the same.”

Tuesday’s subcommittee hearing will be the first of many hearings on this dangerous anti-choice bill. Your Representatives need to hear your opposition throughout the process. Visit the RAC’s Chai Impact Action Center to contact your Representative today and protect a woman’s right to choose.

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Deborah Swerdlow

About Deborah Swerdlow

Deborah is the Religious Action Center's Program Associate. She was a 2010-2011 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant

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