Congressman Johnson opposes bill that abolishes Pro-Life protections

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Press Release) – This week, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voted against a bill that would provide and promote access to abortions without limitations. The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” is the most sweeping pro-abortion legislation Congress has voted on in recent history. The proposal would override state pro-life laws on informed consent, parental notification in the case of a minor, and allow for dismemberment abortions and abortions based on a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

Nearly 80% of Americans do not support late-term abortions, yet the “Women’s Health Protection Act” would give abortion providers the liberty to decide when abortions would be justifiable, even past the point of viability. Further, this bill would not allow medical practitioners to opt out of performing abortions due to religious or conscience reasons.

“The Women’s Health Protection Act abolishes longstanding and broadly supported pro-life policies that have been implemented at the federal and state level. This legislation is extreme and removes existing safeguards on late-term abortion – this bill is an absolute afront to the unborn.” said Johnson.

The Women’s Health Protection Act also threatens the prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortions. Earlier this year, Johnson spoke on the House floor in support of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding of abortions. Furthermore, Johnson is an original cosponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

Since the beginning of the 117th Congress, Johnson has taken additional measures to protect the unborn including being an original cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act, recognizing that life begins at conception, and the Support and Value Expectant Moms and Babies Act, prohibiting the approval of new abortion drugs by the Food & Drug Administration.