WASHINGTON D.C. — On Friday, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)voted to pass H.R. 3755, The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021. This legislation guarantees equal access to abortion, everywhere. Maloney is an original co-sponsor of the bill.
“Republicans have launched an attack against women’s reproductive rights. It’s not only unconstitutional, but it is out of step with what the majority of Americans support,” said Rep. Maloney. “I want to be very clear — I will continue to fight for a woman’s right to choose. We, as a country, cannot go back. I want to help shape a future where we are all free to make decisions that affect our lives without political interference.”
On September 1, 2021, the Supreme Court denied an emergency request to block Texas S.B. 8, a six-week abortion ban. With that 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has challenged Roe v. Wade. Many women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks, thereby all but taking away their right to explore their different health care options, according to a statement from Maloney.
According to Congressman Maloney “Access to proper health care is an issue of economic and racial justice. People hurt most by abortion restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing proper care—including women, People of Color, members of the LGBTQ community, those living in rural communities, and more. “
The Women’s Health Protect Act guarantees a pregnant person’s right to access an abortion and the right of an abortion provider to deliver these abortion services, free from medically unnecessary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual choice or the provider-patient relationship, according to Rep. Maloney.