Norton Pledges to Defeat Wicker Bill Permanently Banning D.C. From Spending Local Funds on Abortions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today condemned a bill introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that would permanently prohibit the District of Columbia from spending its local funds that have been approved by Congress on abortions for low-income women. The bill also would permanently prohibit federal funding for abortions, prohibit D.C. and federal government employees from providing abortions, prohibit abortions in D.C. and federal government facilities, and define the D.C. government as part of the federal government for purposes of abortions. Wicker has previously introduced the bill, but it has never passed.
“Senator Wicker has made a tradition of attacking D.C.’s right to spend its local funds on abortions for low-income women early each Congress,” Norton said. “We have worked with our allies in the Senate and around the nation to defeat this anti-choice, anti-home rule bill, which singles out the District’s local funds and treats our local government like a federal agency. I intend to defeat this latest attack on D.C. women and home rule, as I have been in the past.”