Attacking women’s rights thru Taxes - Congresswomen say it like it is #economicviolence
The memo, penned by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and sent to the House Republican Caucus, notes that an all-male panel of congressmen on a House Judiciary Subcommittee discussed a “dead-end bill” on Thursday that would raise taxes on women and small businesses whose insurance plans include abortion coverage. The GOP’s own witness in that hearing, law professor Helen Alvaré, criticized Congress for focusing on abortion legislation instead of an economic agenda that actually benefits women and families.
“Regular squabbles over federal funding for abortion across myriad pieces of legislation seem to have taken the place of an actual legislative agenda for women’s actual needs,” Alvaré said in her testimony. “Instead of debating policies supporting women’s care work, or work/family balance, policies addressing paid leave or social security benefits — instead of debating ideas about enabling poor women especially to break the cycle of poverty and nonmarital childbearing — Congress continually debates abortion funding. It is time once and for all to settle the matter of federal funding for abortion, and move on to a real women’s agenda.”