MALONEY BLASTS ASHCROFT RECORD ON CHOICE, WOMEN'S HEALTH

Jan 16, 2001
Press Release

NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, spoke out today to highlight the extreme record of John Ashcroft regarding women's reproductive rights and women's health issues. Maloney joined Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health in New York to delineate reasoning for their opposition to the confirmation of Ashcroft for U.S. Attorney General. The following is the statement of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), released at the news conference with Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health:

"I AM HONORED TO JOIN PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND HEALTH IN OPPOSING THE NOMINATION OF JOHN ASHCROFT TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THESE DISTINGUISHED DOCTORS KNOW FIRST-HAND THE DISASTROUS IMPACT THAT JOHN ASHCROFT WOULD HAVE ON THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE REPRODUCTIVE HEATH CARE.

"JOHN ASHCROFT WANTS TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE AND OUTLAW EVERY ABORTION IN AMERICA. JOHN ASHCROFT WANTS TO BAN BIRTH CONTROL. JOHN ASHCROFT OPPOSES SEX EDUCATION FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. HE EVEN VOTED AGAINST FACE, THE FREEDOM OF ACCESS TO CLINICS ACT, AND THEREBY WENT ON RECORD AGAINST PROTECTING WOMEN AND PHYSICIANS FROM VIOLENCE AT ABORTION CLINICS.

"THAT IS FRIGHTENING, MY FRIENDS, BECAUSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS THE ONE WHO ENFORCES THE LAWS PROTECTING WOMEN AND THEIR PHYSICIANS FROM CLINIC VIOLENCE. AND THE LIVES OF DOCTORS LIKE THESE WOULD BE AT STAKE. HOW CAN WE TRUST A MAN TO ENFORCE A LAW HE'S SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER OPPOSING?

"DO WE REALLY THINK JOHN ASHCROFT WILL PROVIDE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FUNDING FOR ITS OWN CLINIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE? HE NOW SAYS HE WILL ENFORCE THE LAW, BUT THE TIME FOR A NOMINEE TO SHOW COMPASSION IS NOT AT THE TIME OF HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING, BUT DURING HIS ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION

"IF JOHN ASHCROFT BECOMES OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL, IT MAY BE ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WOMEN ONCE AGAIN ENTER BACK ALLEYS WITH WIRE HANGERS. JUST TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN BODIES. I NEVER THOUGHT WE'D NEVER SEE THAT IN THIS COUNTRY AGAIN, BUT HE HAS A RECORD ON THIS: AS A U.S. SENATOR, ASHCROFT CO-SPONSORED A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD BAN NEARLY ALL ABORTIONS INCLUDING IN CASES OF RAPE, INCEST, OR RISKS TO THE WOMAN's HEALTH.

"MAKE NO MISTAKE: THE NOMINATION OF JOHN ASHCROFT THREATENS TO BRING US TO THE PRECIPICE OF THE END OF REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM IN AMERICA. AND THE END OF THE RIGHT OF PHYSICIANS TO PROVIDE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE AS THEY SEE FIT.

"IF PRESIDENT-ELECT BUSH THINKS HIS NOMINATION OF JOHN ASHCROFT IS ABOUT BRINGING AMERICA TOGETHER. OR IF HE THINKS THIS NOMINATION IS GOOD FOR WOMEN. OR IF HE THINKS THIS NOMINATION HELPS DOCTORS PROVIDE HEALTH CARE.THEN PRESIDENT-ELECT BUSH MUST THINK HE WON THE ELECTION BY 500,000 VOTES. THE FACT IS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID NOT GIVE GEORGE W. BUSH THE VOTES OR THE BLESSING TO NOMINATE AN EXTREMIST LIKE JOHN ASHCROFT.

"LOOK AT THE RECORD AND IT IS CLEAR. JOHN ASHCROFT'S VIEWS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR AN ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE 21st CENTURY. I AM SO PROUD OF THESE DOCTORS - REPRESENTING THE OVER 2,000 MEMBERS OF PHYSICIANS FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND HEALTH NATIONWIDE - FOR TAKING A STAND AGAINST THIS CYNICAL, ANTI-CHOICE, ANTI-WOMAN, ANTI-DOCTOR NOMINATION.

"I WILL STAND WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PRACTICE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE. AND FOR THE SACRED RIGHT OF EVERY WOMAN TO CONTROL HER OWN DESTINY, AND HER OWN BODY."

 

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