WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) took to the House Floor to condemn House Republicans' inclusion of a devastating anti-abortion amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2024 (NDAA). Below is a transcript of her remarks:

“Ever since the Minutemen gathered in Lexington, America’s Armed Forces have been guardians of freedom. Generations of heroes have signed up for a singular cause: preserving liberty for all. And regardless of party or politics, the House has come together – every year – to put our national security and our military families first. Until now. 

“This year, the MAGA Majority is using our national defense bill to get one step closer to the only thing they really care about: a nationwide abortion ban.

“Mr. Speaker, Americans are already paying the price for Republicans’ extremism. Americans like Amanda Zurawski, who rushed to the hospital last year after suffering a miscarriage. Amanda needed an abortion procedure to prevent a deadly infection. But her doctors sent her home – banned under Texas law from providing the care she needed. So she waited – mourning her daughter that she had lost – until she went into septic shock. Ended up in the ICU for three days and almost lost her life. 

“Now, MAGA Republicans are aiming the same dangerous extremism at our troops. They want that same control over the health and bodies and lives of American servicemembers and their families. That’s not freedom. That’s not patriotism. That’s not national security. That’s tyranny.”

To view the full remarks, click HERE.

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