Maloney Advocates for the Constitutional Right to Abortion There is no Democracy without a constitutional right to access abortions

Dec 1, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, spoke on the House Floor after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the court case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.


In September, Congresswoman Maloney held an Oversight Committee hearing titled “A State of Crisis: Examining the Urgent Need to Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access,” which examined the threat to abortion rights and access posed by extreme anti-choice state governments and a Supreme Court that is hostile to reproductive rights. The hearing also evaluated actions the federal government can take to protect the right to abortion and expand access in light of these existential threats —including passing the Women’s Health Protection Act, which passed in the House, and putting an end to the Hyde Amendment.


You can watch video of the Congresswoman’s floor speech here. A transcript is below.


“Madam Speaker, I just left the Supreme Court where people were chanting ‘Liberate Abortion Everywhere.’


“Earlier today, and right now, the Supreme Court is hearing a case challenging Mississippi’s fifteen-week abortion ban.


“During oral arguments, the state of Mississippi repeatedly asked the court to overturn its own long-held precedent, for [48] years, in Roe v. Wade.


“Should that happen, more than 36 million people in 26 states would immediately be [deprived] of the right to abortion overnight.


“These restrictions mostly harm people of color, young people, and people of low income.


“Earlier this year, in anticipation of this court case, the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would establish a statutory right to abortion care across our country.


“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation immediately, so that all people are free to make their own decisions about their bodies.


“There is no democracy in this country if women cannot make decisions about their own healthcare and their bodies.


“I yield back.”