On Roe v. Wade anniversary, Maloney decries Republican attempts to undermine constitutional right to choose

Jan 22, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in opposition to H.R. 7, legislation that would undermine access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

“Despite all the lectures from Republicans about how creating jobs and growing the economy should be the number one top priority for this congress, here we are again hammering away at a women’s right to control her own body and make choices about her own health care.

“It is insulting to women and it does not create one single job.  But what it does do is put government between a physician and their patient. The other side says they want freedom and the government off their back. Yet on the most personal health care decisions for women they are putting government between a woman and her doctor.

“This bill will not grow our economy and goes way beyond current law which already prohibits tax dollars from being used for abortions. Instead, this  bill would prevent women from spending their own money on their health choices if they get insurance through a federal or state insurance exchange. That is just outrageous.”

Background:

H.R. 7 undermines private health insurance coverage: The fraudulently named No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (H.R. 7) places restrictions on private health insurance coverage of abortion. The longstanding Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortion, except in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of a pregnant woman.

H.R. 7 hurts millions of women who work for small businesses: The bill will result in millions of women who work for small businesses losing access to comprehensive health coverage.  Under the bill, a small employer cannot use the small business tax credits created by the Affordable Care Act to provide employee health coverage if the coverage includes abortion services. The likely result is that almost no small employer would offer such coverage.  Currently, more than 80 percent of employer-provided insurance plans include coverage of abortion.

H.R. 7 hurts women who buy insurance through health care exchanges: The bill will also result in millions of women who buy insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplaces having no access to comprehensive health coverage. The bill provides that families buying insurance in the Marketplaces cannot receive a premium tax credit if they have enrolled in a health plan that covers abortion. The likely result is that families would not buy such coverage and quickly there will be no policies covering abortions offered in the Marketplaces.

H.R. 7 hurts residents of Washington, D.C.: The bill further undermines D.C. home rule by prohibiting D.C. from using its own Medicaid funds to provide abortion. This is despite the fact that 17 states currently use their own state funds to provide abortion.  The Democratic-controlled Congress removed this restriction on D.C. in 2009.