Maloney outraged by GOP plan to overturn DC law banning reproductive discrimination

Apr 30, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke out on the House floor against a Resolution of Disapproval that would overturn a Washington, DC law which bans discrimination by employers based on an employee’s reproductive health decisions. Maloney delivered the following remarks:

“This resolution is extreme and it is an outrage to women everywhere. The Republican majority is saying with this resolution that they think a woman’s employer has a say in a woman’s reproductive health care choices, even though the Supreme Court, the Constitution and women all across this country know they don’t.

“It’s bad enough that the majority party believes your boss should dictate whether your health care plan covers birth control. Now they want to make sure your boss has the right to fire you just for using birth control.

“If that was all they were saying that would be bad enough, but this resolution would actually give employers the right to fire an employee for the reproductive health care choices of their spouses, or even their children!

“Think about. The other side is saying it's alright to fire someone because their boss doesn't like their wife's and even their child's health care choices. Talk about restricting someone's rights! 

“It would take away a whole range of women’s private decisions and make them ‘fireable’ offenses: In vitro fertilization?  You’re fired. Exercising your right to choose?  You’re fired. Have a daughter who is on birth control? You’re fired.

“This is outrageous, ridiculous and totally unacceptable. It is an insult to women everywhere.

“Even more amazing is that the resolution is being proposed by the so-called party of states-rights. They’re not proposing a federal law. They’re taking away the rights of a locality, the District of Columbia, which is larger than some states.”

“This is a new low in this congress, I urge a strong no vote.”