Washington, D.C. – It looks like the Republican-led House of Representatives never got the memo that discrimination is something our laws should eliminate, not encourage.
The House voted today to block a law that was passed by the elected representatives of the District of Columbia—the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act—that is designed to ensure that D.C. residents are not subject to religious discrimination because of their reproductive health care decisions. Today’s vote is a ringing endorsement of using religion to discriminate against women. And it sends a clear message to DC residents that they aren’t entitled to the same principles of democracy enjoyed by everyone else in the U.S.
The good news is, President Obama has issued a veto threat against this outrageous action by the House. NOW activists around the country will continue to fight for the right of all women to access the health care they need, when they need it, without interference by politicians or religious extremists.