Maloney slams Republican assaults on women’s health care
WASHINGTON – With just two weeks to go before yet another government shutdown, Republicans in Congress today continued to focus their efforts on attacking access to reproductive health services. Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) stood against that effort by opposing legislation to defund Planned Parenthood (HR 3134), and another bill that would establish criminal penalties for abortion providers (HR 3504). The bills mirror state initiatives, which have resulted in clinic closures and severely limited access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion. Maloney also penned two op-eds condemning these attacks on Planned Parenthood and the women’s rights. One ran in Ms. Magazine (https://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/09/18/defend-dont-defund-planned-parenthood/) and the other in Huffington Post (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-carolyn-maloney/planned-parenthood-the-pi_b_8160128.html).
“These efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and criminalize abortion providers will do serious harm to the 2.7 million men and women who count on Planned Parenthood for critical medical services each year,” said Maloney. “This continued assault on constitutionally protected reproductive freedoms is based on outright falsehoods, backed up only by surreptitious recordings selectively edited by radical anti-choice activists. If they have their way, 630,000 patients will lose access to birth control, STD screenings and other reproductive services.”
Maloney voted against H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act. In 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood’s 669 centers saw more than 2.6 million patients – providing more than 370,000 Pap tests and more than 450,000 breast exams.
Maloney also voted against H.R. 3504, which would place vaguely worded and extremely unclear new “standard of care” requirements on physicians, while at the same time threatening physicians with serious criminal penalties for failure to comply. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes, noting that the “legislation represents gross interference in the practice of medicine, inserting a politician in between a woman and her trusted doctor. The Franks bill would only add unnecessary new requirements and draconian criminal penalties to a law already on the books.”