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Rep. Kinzinger Statement on Latest Abortion Legislation

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Washington, DC, September 24, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on the abortion legislation brought before the House this week.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on the abortion legislation brought before the House this week:

“In recent years, we’ve seen firsthand the dangers of extremism. The American people, as a whole, do not want extremists dictating policies from either side of the aisle. Our Founding Fathers envisioned Congress as a place for thoughtful debate, civil discourse, and where a working body would find solutions together for the good of the American people.

“What Speaker Pelosi brought before the House this week is an extreme reaction to an extremist law passed in Texas. I am pro-life, but I support the rape and incest exceptions as well as the health and well-being of the mother exception to abortion.

“As I’ve said before, those exceptions should be included and taken into account with any abortion-related legislation, and the Texas law fails to do that. More than that, the Texas law gives overreaching authority for any private citizen to file lawsuits against others and essentially enforce this law however they want.

“I do not support the Texas law and I do not support the Pelosi countermove. They are extreme and politically-charged—they are not the result of an open and honest debate. With something as important and personal as abortion, leaders should not be playing political games. I encourage my colleagues to take off their partisan boxing gloves and remember the role of Congress—to engage in good-faith negotiations to enact legislation for the betterment of the people we serve. That’s what I’m focused on, and will continue to do here in the People’s House.”

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