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"I'm working it on the inside": Rep. Lee on her ambitious pro-choice bill

Eli Wirtschafter
Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Oakland

The East Bay’s congressional representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced a bill last year that would greatly expand access to abortions. It gets rid of what’s called the Hyde Amendment, the restriction on abortion spending by the federal government.

REP. BARBARA LEE: Regardless of your views on abortion, that's not the issue. The issue is justice, the issue is fairness.

The bill is stuck in a Republican-controlled congress, but lately it’s been picking up more support — including from presidential candidates. We spoke to Rep. Lee from her office in Oakland.  

Advocacy infographic courtesy the Center for American Progress:

Center for American Progress, 2015

Barbara Lee's official page

All* Above All, an organization advocating for the EACH Woman Act 

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.