Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney Condemns Tea Party Attempt to Stand Between Women and their Doctors

Jan 28, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney strongly opposed H.R. 7 which could cancel women’s private health care plans if they cover abortion. First introduced in 2011 as H.R. 3, the original version of the bill included language that would redefine—and narrow—federal definitions of rape and incest.

“Tea Party Republicans in Congress are obsessed with taking rights away from Hudson Valley women – repeatedly trying to defund Planned Parenthood, redefine rape, and ban contraception from private health care,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Instead of constantly scheming to take away women’s insurance coverage or defunding Planned Parenthood, Congress should focus on raising the minimum wage, getting folks back to work, and ensuring our daughters and sons grow up in a country where they earn equal pay for equal work.”

“HR 7 is a thinly-veiled attempt to manipulate women’s decisions by making abortion more out of reach. It’s shameful that any of our elected officials would support such a heartless ban that especially targets those women who are struggling to get by. Thankfully, our champions in the US House of Representatives, like Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, are willing to stand up for the needs of all women against these attacks. It's time that we lift the restrictions on abortion coverage, not continue to enact discriminatory and dangerous bans,” said Andrea Miller, President, NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

“A woman’s health insurance should enable her to take care of her  health and well-being. Decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, with the counsel of her family, her faith, and her doctor or health care provider.  Congressman Maloney understands this, and we applaud him for voting against HR7 as he once again puts the health of Hudson Valley women first,” said Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.

Last year, Rep. Maloney opposed the Tea Party Republican’s previous attempt to restrict women’s right to choose, H.R. 1797, which would ban virtually all abortions after 20 weeks. H.R. 1797 also required a mandatory reporting requirement, which would force survivors of rape and incest to get a government permission slip before attaining a safe, legal abortion.