For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017

Reps. Blum, Young, GOP Leaders Using Provisions Designed to Make College More Affordable to Push Fringe, Anti-Choice Ideology

Ahead of Thursday’s vote on a tax bill pushed by Reps. Blum, Young, and GOP leaders that will include anti-abortion language, NARAL Pro-Choice Iowa State Director Cari Sagar issued the following statement:

“Above all, Iowa voters just want a tax code that’s fair and helps us plan for the future. Unfortunately, Reps. Blum, Young, and GOP leaders have misled us by using the tax bill as an excuse to enforce their anti-choice agenda. This a Trojan Horse the GOP is using to ban abortion, and only serves to further the GOP’s obsession with governing women’s bodies and lives.

“This is the first time “personhood” language has made it into the tax code, leaving the door open for future laws to use the same, ideological definition of when life begins. This provision is a backdoor way to ban abortion outright, and rob women of reproductive rights. We look forward to the day that the GOP spends more time supporting the needs of working families in Iowa than trying to force their anti-choice ideology into our lives.”

The GOP bill is the first time that politicians have tried to add so-called “personhood” provisions to federal tax laws, in this case adding the language to tax law that was originally intended to help families save for college. This unprecedented move opens the door for future efforts to restrict access to abortion or to ban it entirely, using the same, partisan definition of when life begins.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


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