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Latta Attends March for Life & Hosts Reception for Ohio Marchers

Washington, January 24, 2020 | Rebecca Card (202.225.6405)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) joined Ohioans and Americans across the country to participate in this year’s March for Life rally on the National Mall. Congressman Latta also hosted a reception where more than 300 marchers who made the trip from Ohio gathered in Rayburn House Office Building.

“Today, we celebrate life and all of those who are committed to protecting and defending those who cannot do so themselves – the unborn,” said Congressman Latta. “During my time in the Ohio General Assembly, and now as a Member of Congress, I have been a strong advocate for pro-life legislation. We can be a voice for the voiceless when we work together to protect the sanctity of life and prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. I am especially thankful we have a President who shares our commitment to make significant strides to further pro-life policies. Every life has value and I appreciate the President’s attention to this year’s March for Life rally.”

This Congress, Congressman Latta introduced two pieces of pro-life focused legislation:

  • H.R. 4399, the Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act: This bill would prevent labeling changes, such as removing the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), for already approved abortion drugs. It would prevent providers from “dispensing” the drugs remotely, by mail, or via telemedicine. Lastly, this bill would prevent the FDA from approving new chemical abortion drugs. Chemical abortions have the highest complication rate of available procedures and allowing chemical abortion drugs to be dispensed without an in-person appointment and ultrasound dramatically increases the risk to women.

  • H.R. 671, the Protecting the Dignity of Unborn Children Act:  
    This bill would make it a federal crime to dispose of aborted baby body parts in landfills or in any navigable waters of the United States.

Congressman Latta has cosponsored a number of pro-life pieces of legislation this Congress, including:

  • H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: This bill would require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.

  • H.R. 20, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: This bill would make the Hyde Amendment – an annual appropriations rider that prevents the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion coverage through government programs – and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide.  

  • H.R. 784, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: This bill would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks, when an unborn baby can feel pain.

  • H.R. 369, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act: This bill would place a one-year moratorium on federal funding to Planned Parenthood, including its affiliates and associated clinics. Additionally, the bill would reroute these federal dollars ($235 million) to more than 13,500 community health centers nationwide that do not perform abortions.
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