Rep. Maloney: bill to overturn DC’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act is outrageous

Apr 20, 2015
Press Release
Bill seeks to overturn DC law banning firings or other employment decisions based on family-planning choices

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is sounding the alarm on a new bill to overturn a Washington, DC law, which bans employers from firing their employees for their reproductive health decisions. On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark-up the bill.

“Women and men shouldn’t be fired for their reproductive choices, but some in Congress disagree,” said Maloney. “The District of Columbia rightly passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, but now a few in Congress are trying to overturn the law. This opens the door to all types of discrimination. A husband could be fired because his wife chose to have an abortion. A mother could be fired because her daughter chose to use birth control. This unnecessary meddling in local DC laws proves that once again, this Committee and House Republicans cannot stay out of women’s health care choices.”

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act was transmitted to Congress on March 6, 2015. Under the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate have 30 days to review the act. A joint resolution of disapproval passed within that time frame would prevent the measure from becoming law.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act would prohibit employers in D.C. from discriminating in employment decisions based on “reproductive health decisions” of employees as well their spouses and dependents. If the act does not take effect, employers could refuse to hire a woman who had an abortion, fire someone whose spouse uses birth control or condoms, or terminate employees whose dependents become pregnant out of wedlock.