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New Jersey’s District 4 Representative Chris Smith has been a waging war on women’s rights for…


He’s literally been doing this since his first year in office.

Chris Smith’s War on Women

Chris Smith is no moderate. Since arriving in Washington in 1981, Smith has consistently used his office to enforce his radically narrow conservative ideals, aligning himself firmly with the ultra-conservative Religious Right.

His extensive record of legislation aimed at limiting women's rights and reproductive health services is a reflection of that. Let's take a closer look:


Smith Co-Sponsors the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017

The bill withholds federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics.

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Smith Co-Sponsored the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2017

This bill imposes criminal penalties on anyone who attempts to perform, assist, suggest, or receive abortion services. The bill would grant unborn fetuses personhood, giving fetuses protection under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Jan 24, 2017
Smith's Women’s Healthcare Bill was Condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union

Smith made the Hyde Amendment permanent. This restricts health care for poor women on Medicaid; Native Americans, federal employees and their dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, military personnel and their dependents, and disabled women who rely on Medicare.

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Feb 28, 2013
Smith Voted Against the Violence Against Women Act

Smith and other conservative Republicans objected to extending the Act's protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered undocumented individuals to claim temporary visas.

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Jan 27th, 2012
Smith Accused Abortion Services of Creating a “Culture of Death”

In an interview, Smith states that the Obama administration seeks “to remake America as the culture of death” and if he wins re-elections, it “will be significantly worse in terms of extremism in promoting both the abortion issue as well as the homosexual agenda.”

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Jan 20, 2011
Smith Attempts to Redefine Rape to Limit Abortions for Victims

The bill attempted preclude federal funding for abortions of pregnancies resulting from a variety of rapes where force may not be involved, including date rape, statutory rape, the rape of a woman who had been drugged, and the rape of a mentally incompetent woman.

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Jan 20, 2011
Smith Co-Sponsored Bill to Ban Funding for Women’s Healthcare Providers

Smith co-sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which sought to bann federal funding for Title X recipients who offered abortion services, specifically Planned Parenthood.

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Jul 31, 2007
Smith Voted Against Fair Pay for Women

Despite urging from the ACLU, Smith voted against restoring the right of American workers to seek justice if they find themselves subject to wage discrimination.

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Feb 04, 1997
Smith Introduces Bill to Limit Reproductive Healthcare Worldwide

Smith's amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act imposed strict limits to the reproductive healthcare assistance which the President had made available worldwide. This amendment severely hindered the global fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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Nov 05, 1991
Smith Declares Scepticism of the UN’s Women’s Rights Convention

Smith requests complete review of the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which covers a variety of women’s rights issues around the world, in an attempt to limit awareness and access to abortion services worldwide.

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Jul 30, 1985
Smith Amended Appropriation Act to Deny Abortion Services

Smith amendmed the bill to strike language in the bill that permits abortions only where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or in instances of rape or incest, and insert language that prohibits the use of funds in the bill to perform any abortions.

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Dec 09, 1981
Smith Amended Bill to Prevent Abortion Services and Stem Cell Research

Smith's first amendment in Congress was to stipulate that funds may not be used for abortion, within or outside the U.S., or for research, within or outside the U.S., in or related to any methods or techniques that will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of a fetus after conception.

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What You Can Do

Chris Smith might not be around to talk, but you can contact him in other ways. Let him know how you feel.

NJ’s 4th Congressional District has been redrawn five times while Smith has been its Representative, each time further protecting his incumbency. But that's a whole different story. As a result, many may not even realize he represents them. You are in Chris Smith’s constituency if you live in:

Mercer County

Hamilton and Robbinsville

Monmouth County

Allentown, Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Lake Como, Little Silver, Manalapan, Manasquan, Middletown Township (part), Millstone, Neptune City, Neptune, Ocean, Red Bank, Roosevelt, Rumson, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Upper Freehold and Wall

Ocean County

Bay Head, Jackson, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Manchester, Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant

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