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The War on Women: The Failure of the False Moderates

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill

Yesterday, we took a closer look to see if the eight key representatives we were monitoring voted with Speaker Boehner or for women. All eight voted for this outrageous attack on women's freedom and privacy.

Some of the most offensive votes for the War on Women were by cast representatives who had touted their moderate credentials on the campaign trail in 2010--including some who even called themselves pro-choice!

Reps. Judy Biggert and Bob Dold of Illinois, Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, and Rep. Richard Hanna of New York all underwent an "extreme makeover," and voted in lockstep with John Boehner and his anti-choice cohorts.


Rep. Hanna is quoted by the Utica Observer Dispatch as saying: "I support Roe v. Wade and don't think we need to make any changes in our approach to a woman's right to choose."


Rep. Biggert had even served in the past as a co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus!

So, let's review. These lawmakers had to run as pro-choice candidates in order to get elected in their swing districts. But once in office, they abandoned their promise to their constituents and voted to manipulate the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda.  

Do you live in one of these member's districts? Do you feel betrayed that your representative falsely claimed to be pro-choice? Make sure your lawmaker hears from you!

At the same time, Politico is reporting that 14 representatives who voted for the original Stupak abortion-coverage ban during the health-reform debate voted against this new "Stupak on Steroids" bill.

These 14 generally oppose a woman's right to choose, yet H.R.3's attacks on women and small businesses were so far-reaching that they had to vote no. Look at Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's statement:

I've always supported the notion that taxpayer dollars should not go towards funding abortions. What I don't support is creating a new bureaucratic boondoggle that forces millions of private small businesses to waste amazing amounts of time going over the fine print of their health insurance policies because Republicans in Congress can't resist politicizing an issue that's already been laid to rest.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, remarked that, "the fact that 14 members of Congress who supported the Stupak amendment ultimately voted against H.R. 3 says a lot about how extreme Boehner's war on women has become."

Find out how your representative voted on H.R.3, the extreme "rape-audits" bill. 

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