Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee opposed an amendment to the 2010 Financial Services spending bill that would continue a ban outlawing use of locally raised funds toward abortion services in D.C.
For the last 15 years, D.C. has been subject to an unreasonable policy that makes it the lone local government whose funds are controlled by Congress. D.C. should be given the authority to allocate funds as they wish with regard to abortion, and this is a major step in making this opportunity a reality. Such an action would alleviate the financial stress low-income women experience in seeking abortion care and broaden reproductive health care options for women in D.C.
The House could be voting on the measure as early as next week. For more information, check out Nancy Keenan’s official statement.