Niki Tsongas on Abortion

Last Updated : Jul 09, 2012

Official Website Statements

Reproductive Rights

Each year, half of the more than six million pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of those end in abortion. I know this is an issue that individuals take very seriously and I respect those who may come to a different conclusion than I do. I believe that women should have the right to make their own health decisions in consultation with their doctors, and I am working hard so that the need for an abortion is rare.

In order to make this possible, young people must have access to the proper sexual education and preventative health services. To help accomplish this, the federal government funds Title X, the only federal program dedicated to providing women and men with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services that help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and improve women's health. To be very clear, Title X does not fund abortion services.

Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Niki Tsongas voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Niki Tsongas voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1964; Freedom of Choice Act - Cosponsor

To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman's freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

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