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'SHRINE TO ABORTION': Bachmann's resistance to National Women's History Museum

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The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted 383-33 Wednesday in favor of H.R. 863, a bill to create a National Women's History Museum in Washington.

The vote moves to establish a bipartisan commission to determine whether a women’s history museum should get a spot on the National Mall and whether it should be part of the Smithsonian.

Despite the overwhelming support for the bill in Wednesday’s vote, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called the museum an unnecessary “ideological shrine to abortion.”

“There already are 20 women’s museums in the United States, including one affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum and including one right next to the United States Capitol, so why would we be building another?” Bachmann questioned.

VIDEO: Bachmann’s House floor statement

“I believe, ultimately, this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and the pro-traditional marriage movement,” Bachmann said.

The National Women's History Museum foundation in Alexandria, Va. has raised about $14 million toward the estimated $400 million cost of construction.

"It is a story that everyone should know, how the process of the suffragists and their work that carried them from Seneca Falls, New York, to Nashville where you finally saw the ratification of the 19th Amendment," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). "These suffragists, they were conservative women who led this fight for women's equality."

The House vote moves to establish a bipartisan commission to determine whether a women’s history museum should get a spot on the National Mall and whether it should be part of the Smithsonian.

A similar vote is pending in the Senate (S. 398).

Bills to establish a National Women’s History Museum have been approved by the House and Senate in previous years, but never in the same Congress.

National Women's History Museum: http://www.nwhm.org/

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