- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Roe v. Wade turns 40
The day after President Obama’s second inauguration marked another historic milestone — the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Abortion-rights supporters heralded the day as a landmark for women’s rights and healthcare, while opponents took the opportunity to reiterate their strong desire to overturn the decision.
“Someday, future generations will look back on America and wonder how and why such a seemingly enlightened society … could have failed to protect the innocent and inconvenient,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at a news conference Tuesday.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), meanwhile, vowed to fight GOP efforts to restrict abortion access at the state level.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to these same values and pledge to preserve the right to choose,” Pelosi said in a statement. “We promise to fight any and every effort to chip away at the hard-won freedoms of America’s women, and protect women’s health. We believe the most private decision for a woman is when and whether to have a child, and we stand ready to keep that decision out of the hands of politicians.”
- Lawmakers mark Roe v. Wade anniversary
Republicans and Democrats were tweeting at cross purposes on Tuesday for the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
- Harkin health bill orders stack of federal prevention efforts
A new bill from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) would order more than 30 federal actions to encourage healthier living, from a penalty on certain tobacco manufacturers to targets for sodium reduction in U.S. foods.
Harkin, who leads the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, described the bill as a comprehensive step forward for preventive healthcare in the United States.
A major advocate for preventive action, Harkin vowed that his bill would reduce healthcare costs and spending in Medicare and Medicaid.
- GOP lawmaker calls Obama the ‘abortion president’
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on Tuesday called President Obama the “abortion president” given his support for Planned Parenthood and the 2010 healthcare law that Smith said will allow public funding of abortions.
Smith and several other House Republicans spoke on the House floor to mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court that made abortion legal. Smith said that despite recent setbacks, he and other pro-life members would continue fighting to curtail abortion rights.
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