When Solis served in the U.S. House in 2003, she voted against the partial-birth abortion ban. The day President Bush signed it, she called for the Supreme Court to reverse it. "I would just like to say it's the wrong decision that the president is making today," Solis said, "and we have to stand up and challenge him."
On the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2004, Solis celebrated three decades of abortion on demand.
"I'll take a pro-choice president, a pro-choice House, a pro-choice Senate," she said that day. "And I look forward to the day again when ... we can build a majority so that anti-choice legislation won't even come to the floor."
In 2009, when the nation was debating Obama's health care plan, Solis, now in the Cabinet, told the AFL-CIO convention that people who said the plan would fund abortion were lying.
"Don't believe the misinformation and distortions perpetrated by those whose agenda is only to kill reform at any cost, like that we plan to ... use federal dollars to fund abortions," Solis said. "These are lies and, as the president said, he is going to call them out."
Tuesday was beautiful day at Catholic University. The sun glittered off the dome of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
At 12:30 p.m., Solis showed up at the side of Father Michael McGivney Hall, where a plaque notes the role of the building's namesake in founding the Knights of Columbus.
Solis, her small entourage, Catholic University President John Garvey, a handful of reporters and a few others entered the building.
Inside, a sign indicated the building was home to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family.
The group descended to a pair of basement classrooms. In the first, eight adult students listened as an instructor used a projected computer screen to teach them how to properly fill out an electronic form -- in strict accordance with rules promulgated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
If you don't do it right, she warned, the doctor won't get paid.
At the back of the room, a small crucifix hung on the wall.
Solis chatted with the students, two of whom said they worked at Providence Hospital, a local Catholic facility.
In the second classroom, one doctor from Providence used a projected computer screen to instruct five others on how to use an electronic health record.
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