Lack of Statehood, Women’s Health & Reproductive Health Rights in DC

From the DC Statehood Green Party:

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party will host a panel discussion on “Lack of Statehood, Women’s Health & Women’s Reproductive Health Rights in DC” on Thursday, March 1, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

The panel’s topics will include the new bill making its way through the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives that would ban most abortions in the District. The bill, titled the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (HR 3803,
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2103/show) and sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would ban abortions in the District after a woman’s 20th week of pregnancy.

The event, which is free and open to media and the public, will take place at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 52, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

Guest speakers will be Anita Levy, Associate General Secretary, Department of Academic Freedom, American Association of University Professors, and Nzingha Tingling-Clemmons, a DC teacher and activist.

The DC Statehood Green Party has noted that the lack of political self-determination in the District has allowed Congress to impose unwanted laws, policies, and financial priorities. Party leaders are calling HR 3803 an assault on democracy and the rights and health of women living in Washington, DC. The party has made the achievement of statehood for the District of Columbia a top political goal.

DC Statehood Greens have said that the emphasis on DC “voting rights” in recent years has eclipsed the greater problem — the power of Congress and the White House over the District, which renders DC residents second-class citizens. The passage of DC voting rights legislation granting DC a single voting seat in the US House would not prevent Congress from forcing laws like HR 3803 on the District’s Black-majority population. Statehood will grant DC residents full citizenship, equality with other Americans, and democratic self-governance.

The DC Statehood Green Party, which holds major party status in DC, has been called DC’s “second party” because Statehood Green candidates have collectively won more votes than Republican candidates in recent elections.

The Green Party, of which the Statehood Green Party is an affiliate, is the only national party to endorse DC statehood in its national platform. DC statehood was deleted from the Democratic Party’s national platform in 2004 and 2008.

Ronald Hardy

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