Maloney Slams Trump Administration for Collaborating with Extreme Anti-Choice Group to Cut off Women’s Access to Planned Parenthood Clinics
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. The letter asks the Deputy Security to provide documents relating to the Department’s decision last month to rescind a 2016 letter issued by the Obama Administration prohibiting Medicaid directors from terminating Planned Parenthood and similar healthcare providers from the Medicaid program without legitimate cause. According to documents provided by a whistleblower to the Democratic Minority on the committee, this decision was heavily influenced by an extreme right-wing anti-choice group known as Alliance Defending Freedom.
“This is just the latest example of how from policy to personnel to the President himself, this Administration is more hostile towards women than any other I have seen in my lifetime. As new whistleblower documents reveal, Trump Administration officials at HHS took direct instructions from an extreme anti-choice group when it rescinded Obama Administration guidance to the states noting that it is illegal to block Medicaid beneficiaries from getting health services from providers like Planned Parenthood, that provide vital, lifesaving health care. I join Ranking Member Cummings in demanding that we get to the bottom of what happened here. We must ensure that state Medicaid Directors have clear guidance to follow the law and that HHS is not on a political crusade to circumvent it. Planned Parenthood provides critical healthcare services to over 2.5 million women, men and children, and this action cuts off care for many Americans who have no other alternative. No one has the right to come between a woman and her doctor and decisions made at HHS – or any federal agency – need to be made in accordance with federal law and not to please outside donor groups.”