Today, the U.S. House voted to protect the ability for women to make their own health care choices by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act — but no Republicans voted for it, including Congressman Ted Budd, who called it “disgusting.” The legislation would codify abortion rights protections into law amid challenges to Roe v. Wade to help guarantee reproductive freedom in America.
“Congressman Ted Budd added another vote to his anti-choice record today, further cementing his place in dangerous Republican efforts to erode our rights and freedoms,” said NCDP spokesperson Kate Frauenfelder. “While Democrats are taking action to protect pregnant people’s health care and secure reproductive freedom as the law of the land, Republicans like Ted Budd, Pat McCrory, and Mark Walker have shown that they will undermine the right to choose and restrict access to reproductive health care.”
Read more about North Carolina GOP Senate candidates’ anti-choice record:
- Congressman Ted Budd has pushed a far-right, anti-choice agenda. In the U.S. House, Ted Budd has supported completely defunding Planned Parenthood, supported legislation that would impose a federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and supports legislation that could result in outlawing abortion and common forms of birth control.
- As Governor, Pat McCrory flip flopped on his campaign promise to not sign any legislation that further restricted abortion access. In 2013, he signed legislation into law that eliminated abortion coverage for public employees and others with insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges and placed restrictions on abortion clinics. In 2015, he signed legislation that tripled the waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.
- In the U.S. House, Mark Walker voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and restrict private insurance coverage of abortion care, co-sponsored legislation that threatened to ban abortion, and voted to impose a nationwide 20-week abortion ban — getting in the way of a live-saving health care decision.