District Residents Outraged over Anti-Abortion Bill

James Wright | 7/25/2012, 11:44 a.m.

Martrice Green, of Northeast, said that she's incensed about Franks' bill and thinks that it goes too far in terms of the District.

"His bill is unfair," said Green, 62. "He doesn't have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. He's not a woman."

However, Green is not surprised by Franks' legislation.

"Of course, this is taxation without representation," she said. "There seems to be a mentality on Capitol Hill that we don't know what we are doing in the District and they think that they know what's best for us."

Sandy Adams, of Northeast, echoes what Jenkins said about Franks needing to focus on his district.

"I don't tell people in Arizona what they need to do and Arizona needs a lot of help," said Adams, 44. "The other members of Congress need to stay out of our business."

Norton expects for the Franks' bill to go to the House floor, where it should pass because it has 215 co-sponsors. She doesn't think that the Democratic-controlled Senate will take up the bill, noting that a companion measure only has 30 co-sponsors and that's far from the 51 votes needed to go to President Obama for his signature which would make it a law.

In the eyes of Joyce Robinson-Paul of Southeast, abortion remains a secondary issue. The real issue is self-governance for the District. She said that she's fed up with "Congress interfering with the city."

"This is modern day slavery and I can't take it anymore," said Robinson-Paul, 63.