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

Oct 4, 2021 In The News

Nearly 50 Queens residents across generations and genders gathered on the steps of Borough Hall Saturday to join the millions across the country rallying in support of reproductive rights.

Organizers said the borough’s solidarity with those fighting in states like Texas with restrictive abortion laws was essential, both because of the need for proactive engagement to prevent additional limitations and because legal access does not always mean equitable access.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Lawmakers, activists, doctors and others appeared before the House Oversight Committee Thursday at a hearing aimed at examining abortion access in the United States, a right which Democrats argue is facing an existential threat under a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, and newly emboldened GOP state legislatures which have passed a spate of restrictive abortion legislation.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Rep. Cori Bush was raped at a church camp as a teenager. A month later, she realized she was pregnant and sought out an abortion, she said at a hearing Thursday.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

After she was raped on a church trip in Jackson, Mississippi, and became pregnant in the summer of 1994, Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., got an abortion at the age of 18.

Her assault and the resulting pregnancy the summer following her high school graduation left her feeling ashamed, and she feared what her father would say or do. She remembers the Saturday she went to a clinic for an abortion and said she was "talked to like trash" in a way that made her blame herself more.

Sep 30, 2021 In The News

Three Democratic members of Congress on Thursday offered deeply personal testimony about their own abortions as a congressional committee examined how to respond to conservative states that are passing laws limiting abortion access.

Sep 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic Women’s Health Protection Act to establish a federally protected right to abortion.

  

Sep 21, 2021 In The News

The House Oversight Committee is planning to examine states’ abortion restrictions and will hear testimonies from House Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)on their own abortion experiences. 

Sep 21, 2021 In The News

The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing to examine states' efforts to restrict abortion access, Democrats on the committee said Tuesday.

The hearing is set for Sept. 30 and will focus on the spike in state-level anti-abortion laws and their health and economic impact on patients. According to the committee, the hearing will also examine possible federal legislative action to "protect and expand abortion rights and access."

Sep 13, 2021 In The News

In her first policy push back to a strict new anti-abortion law in Texas, Gov. Hochul announced Monday she’s enacting several measures to protect a woman’s right to get an abortion in New York State.