Rep. Maloney: H.R. 7 would eliminate reproductive choice for low-income women

Jan 28, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) delivered the following remarks from the floor of the House on H.R. 7, the misnamed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

“For years the other side of the aisle has been trying to get between a woman and her doctor. Now they're trying to come between a woman and her insurance company. They want to open a new front on the war on women and this one cruelly focuses on poor women.

“The law of the land is already clear. There is no federal funding for abortions, but with H.R. 7, which will be on the floor today, even private insurance plans could be restricted from covering abortion if you get a government subsidy. If you're a low-income woman who needs help affording health care insurance, this bill is aimed squarely at you.

“Rather than tackling the real problems of economic growth and job creation, the other side of the aisle seems obsessed with curbing a woman's reproductive rights. They may not want to call this a war on women, but I would point out to my colleagues that women and only women are the casualties from this multifaceted assault on a woman's right to choose and reproductive rights.”