Monday, July 27, 2009

Ryan-DeLauro Bill Seeks to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies, Foster Common Ground

On Thursday, pro-life Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and pro-choice Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) introduced the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act, which aims to reduce the need for abortion by expanding comprehensive sex education initiatives, making contraception more available, broadening health care coverage for mothers and children, and increasing access to adoption services.

This bill represents a constructive and thoughtful debate over reproductive rights, where lawmakers on both sides of the issue can unify behind commonsense measures to improve women's reproductive health care. Reps. Ryan and DeLauro have demonstrated how reaching across the divide to find common-ground solutions to prevent unintended pregnancy is possible; and their bill includes a number of positive proposals to improve women's access to contraception and to support teen-pregnancy-prevention efforts.

The bill also works to ensure that women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term are given the options and resources necessary to guarantee a healthy pregnancy. This approach contrasts greatly with the divisive and inflammatory rhetoric we see from too many lawmakers and organizations that oppose a woman's right to choose and refuse even to support access to birth control.

Earlier this summer abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed at his church in Kansas. It is time for groups opposing legal abortion to put a stop to the inflammatory rhetoric and the use of violence, and instead to embrace a new and more responsible approach to the debate.

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