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Talking Points Memo: Dems Slam GOP For Pushing Abortion Bill Instead Of Job Creation

-by Susan Crabtree

October 13, 2011- Democrats are condemning a House GOP attempt to prevent President Obama's health care law from paying for abortions as an assault on women and a waste of precious legislative time when Americans are demanding action on the economy and job creation.

"First of all, it's not a jobs bill. What are we doing but wasting time?" Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Thursday. "Every woman in America should be concerned about this assault on women's health."

"This bill shows the disconnect between GOP leaders and the American public," added Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-NY). "We owe job creation to the 14 million people who are without a job - wages and income are going down and poverty is growing in America."

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) warned that the bill undermines the ability of hospitals to deal with women who come in a crisis situation.

"Hospitals may not be required to serve them under this bill," he said.

The measure aimed at amending the Affordable Care Act to prevent abortion coverage is set for a vote on the House floor Thursday afternoon, although the Senate has no plans to take it up and it has already drawn a veto threat from the White House, which Wednesday denounced the bill as nothing more than a distraction.

"Instead of continuing to focus on creating jobs and getting the American people back to work, tomorrow the House of Republicans is scheduled to turn its attention to a divisive, politically motivated piece of legislation that unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.



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