Reproductive Choice

Congresswoman Maloney is a strong advocate for a woman’s right to choose and an outspoken supporter of women’s reproductive rights. However, choice is meaningless without access. That is why she has been monitoring the efforts of the anti-choice establishment to devalue a woman’s right to choose and has been actively working against any legislative limits to access.

In the 40 years since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guarantees constitutional protection of a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy, over 1,000 separate legislative proposals have been introduced affecting abortion policy. The vast majority of these proposals have sought to restrict the availability of abortions, and this same trend can be seen in the Republican House majority. There is a war on women underway and in the last Congress alone, ten votes were taken to roll back on the protections of Roe, as well as numerous votes to curtail family planning funding and even allow hospitals to deny women lifesaving emergency medical care.

Access to Birth Control Act

Congresswoman Maloney introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act, reintroduced in 2013, which would protect an individual’s access to legal birth control.  It would require pharmacies to fill a valid prescription for birth control in a timely manner, and to provide over-the-counter emergency contraception. This legislation will stop pharmacists from infringing on the rights of individuals in this country by making pharmacy refusals illegal.

Men and women in this country have relied on birth control for years in order to make their personal, reproductive decisions. Ninety-eight percent of women have used contraceptives at some point in their lives.  Yet there have been increasing reports of pharmacists refusing to sell birth control based on their own personal beliefs.  The refusals have been widespread and have been documented in at least 19 states.  Pharmacists have refused to sell contraception to men and women who were young and old, married and single, with children and without.  In some cases, pharmacists have kept and refused to transfer a prescription, refused to sell over-the-counter emergency contraception, or given the customer false medical information about the requested birth control.  Four states even have laws that allow pharmacists to refuse to provide contraception based on personal beliefs.  

Access to birth control is a fundamental right which should not be subject to interference by pharmacists.  When customers are seeking emergency contraception, a pharmacist’s refusal can be an insurmountable barrier to accessing the contraception within the limited timeframe.  Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans believe that a pharmacist should be required to fill prescriptions for birth control, even if they have a religious objection.

More on Reproductive Choice

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and steadfast pro-choice advocate, took to the House floor today to oppose HJ Res. 43 which would restrict a woman’s access to abortion. During her remarks, she stated:

Feb 16, 2017 Newsletter

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Jan 22, 2017 Press Release

On the 44th Anniversary of the decision in the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, establishing a woman’s legal right to abortion, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), a tireless advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choice, released the following statement:

Jun 27, 2016 Press Release
In a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to meet surgical center standards constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, a tireless advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choice, and lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling:
May 16, 2016 Press Release

Following the Supreme Court’s decision today to refer Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts to try to find a solution that supports both the Obama administration and the plaintiffs, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Apr 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is sounding the alarm on a new bill to overturn a Washington, DC law, which bans employers from firing their employees for their reproductive health decisions. On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark-up the bill.

Jan 28, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) delivered the following remarks from the floor of the House on H.R. 7, the misnamed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

“For years the other side of the aisle has been trying to get between a woman and her doctor. Now they're trying to come between a woman and her insurance company. They want to open a new front on the war on women and this one cruelly focuses on poor women."

Sep 30, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today marks the 37th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, which withholds coverage for abortion services from women insured through Medicaid by restricting the use of federal funds for such use.

Feb 8, 2000 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - This morning, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Democratic Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus, received the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association's (NFPRHA) reproductive rights award: the Distinguished Public Service Award.