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.
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As the Supreme Court stated in its historic ruling in Roe v. Wade, the Constitution guarantees a woman’s right to choose. But, across this country efforts are underway to restrict access to and deny women of this Constitutional right.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act, released the following statement after attending the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, No. 16-1140.
New York, NY -- Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement in response to Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings’ letter to Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hagan.
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, today took to the House floor to speak against H.R. 4712 Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a Republican anti-choice bill, and urged her colleagues to vote against this attempt to keep doctors from giving care to their patients and women from making their own health decisions, a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Congresswoman, in addressing her colleagues, stated:
In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a new rule allowing all employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Pro-Choice Caucus and House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, released the following statement:
As the world faces multiple humanitarian crises around the world, few political actions have been as cruel and shortsighted as the Trump administration’s decision to cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA.
WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) reintroduced legislation Friday to protect the rights of women to receive honest information about family planning services.
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:
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: