DC Delegate Norton: ‘Nothing Is More Under Attack Than Reproductive Choice in America Today’

“Nothing is more under attack than reproductive choice in America today” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said at an event last week titled “On the Offensive: Protecting Reproductive Choice against State and Federal Attacks,” featuring a panel of abortion advocates at George Washington University Hospital.

Norton and the other panelists complained of the 2011 ban on local abortion funding in the District of Columbia and legislation in Congress such as the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks.

“As I look at what’s up in the Congress and the issues that are often discussed either among members or in the Congress or as I think about the states, I do not think I exaggerate when I say nothing is more under attack than reproductive choice in America today,” Norton said in her opening remarks.

Val Vilott, board president of the D.C. Abortion Fund, “an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that makes grants to women and girls in DC, Maryland, and Virginia who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion,” lamented Congress’s ban on the District’s funding of elective abortions for women on Medicaid, which had been lifted in 2009 but re-instated in April 2011.