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House Lawmakers Meet to Debate Harm Strict Abortion Laws Cause

The House Oversight Committee met Thursday to debate the harm patients face in states where reproductive rights are more restricted. Keep reading to hear how this hearing played out.

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House Lawmakers Meet to Debate Harm Strict Abortion Laws Cause
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    Vastly Different Takes on Abortion

    Democrats and Republicans clashed over abortion access in this House hearing when debating how stricter abortion laws are causing harm to patients who need the procedure. Republicans like Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) at times made strange anti-abortion arguments, while Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) warned what could happen if the GOP one day takes up Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) national abortion ban bill.

    Rep. Jamie Raskin (R-MD) calls out GOP intentions to strip away abortion rights.

    Rep. Jamie Raskin (R-MD) calls out GOP intentions to strip away abortion rights.

    Rep. Clyde Questions Transgender Health Care

    Branching off the abortion discussion, House lawmakers also broached the topic of health care for transgender people, with Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) going on an anti-trans tirade while questioning the director of trans care at Planned Parenthood.

    AOC Weighs In

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) didn’t hold back on either topic, slamming Republicans’ arguments. At one point, she posed a hypothetical: Would a state with a strict abortion ban wait until she was “actively dying” to give her an abortion if she had an ectopic pregnancy?

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