Rep. Maloney Works to Better Women’s Health Care During National Women’s Health Week

May 19, 2017
Press Release
Congresswoman slams GOP AHCA for Attacks on Women’s Health, Introduces 3 Bills to Better Care and Access

WASHINGTON, DC – This National Women’s Health Week, May 14 – 20, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), took steps to safeguard women’s health and access to care with the introduction of HR 2379, the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act, HR 2566, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act, and HR 2567, the Access to Birth Control Act.

“We have seen a disturbing trend of attacks on women’s health this year, exacerbated by the President and the deeply troubling Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA is discriminatory against women and puts their health at risk.

“The AHCA would:

  • take away coverage from many of our nation’s poorest women who gained coverage through Medicaid expansion,
  • defund Planned Parenthood for one year, cutting off services to the 2.7 million women and men who rely on it for care;
  • diminish a woman’s autonomy to decide when she is ready to have children;
  • would increase women’s premiums by once again allowing insurance companies to charge individuals with preexisting conditions more;
  • and would take away guaranteed coverage for maternity care.

“We cannot stand for this.

“We need to be proactive in protecting women’s health and cannot afford to take any of the progress we’ve made for granted. I have recently reintroduced three bills that address threats to women’s healthcare: the Robin Danielson Act, the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act, and the Access to Birth Control Act. The Robin Danielson Act directs the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on the safety of additives of feminine hygiene products and make that information public to ensure women can make informed decisions about purchasing and using these products. The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act gives the Federal Trade Commission the authority to hold so-called crisis pregnancy centers accountable for claiming to provide full reproductive health services, including abortion, when they do not. And my Access to Birth Control Act ensures that women have quick and reliable access to contraception by requiring pharmacies to fill a valid prescription for birth control in a timely manner, and to provide over-the-counter emergency contraception.

“Women’s healthcare is under attack. We must do everything in our power to stop the House-passed AHCA from becoming law, and work just as hard to improve quality of and access to care in this country. Our work is not done until all women across our country know that they have a right to access to quality, affordable care.”