WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) spoke on the House Floor to denounce the MAGA Majority’s latest attack on reproductive freedom, an anti-abortion bill that misinforms pregnant college students about the full scope of health care options available to them. Below is a transcript of her remarks: 

“Madam Speaker, I have to hand it to the Majority. With this bill, the MAGA Majority has reached new heights — or lows — as you want to define it that are new and creative. They’ve named this bill the Pregnant Students’ Rights Act and didn’t bother to include any rights or resources. Not a single new resource or protection for pregnant students. This bill does nothing to support parent students. It’s another vehicle for promoting anti-abortion propaganda and deceiving Americans about their health care options. 

“All this from the same Majority that eliminated funding for child care on college campuses. Funding that helps students have their children in child care so they can go to class. Defunded by the Majority. Zero-ed out. They pull that one day, and the next day, they want students to believe they care about them? Give me a break.

“One in five undergrads are parents. One in five. Has anyone on the other side of the aisle talked to those parents about what they need? If they did, they would find out those students need the same things that parents need, that Americans need. That’s reproductive freedom. That means access to child care. Access to maternity care. Access to contraception. And access to abortion care. 

“Madam Speaker, let’s fund child care — not propaganda. Let’s restore the reproductive freedom of every single American. That’s how you help students. By empowering them — not playing this cynical game with their lives.”

To watch the full speech, click HERE

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