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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Norton Says Support from NARAL and Planned Parenthood Will Help Counter Far-Right Groups’ Attacks on D.C. Anti-Discrimination Law

Sep 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked the national organizations that stepped forward to help her protect a District of Columbia local anti-discrimination law, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), from being blocked by an amendment offered by Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) to the fiscal year 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill, which is expected to be considered on the House floor tomorrow.  RHNDA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees, their spouses and dependents based on their reproductive health decisions.  Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America have urged Members to vote against the RHNDA amendment and announced they will “score” Members’ votes.  Groups compile annual scorecards based on key votes to specifically inform their members and the general public on where members of Congress stand.  Norton said she was also grateful to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Center for Reproductive Rights for writing Members to oppose the Palmer amendment.  Two far-right outside groups have urged Members to support Palmer’s anti-home-rule amendment to block RHNDA—Heritage Action and Concerned Women for America.  Both right-wing groups have said they will score Member’ votes.  Another such group, the Natural Right to Life Committee, is also expected to score the vote.

“I am gratified by the support of our national partners in fighting back against Members of Congress who wish to undemocratically interfere with the District’s local laws,” Norton said.  “The broad support we have received will help us fight Representative Palmer’s amendment on the House floor and ensure that his amendment to block our local anti-discrimination law, which protects our employees, does not become law.”