Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) gave flooring remarks in assist of H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health and fitness Protection Act. Amid a dangerous assault on women’s fundamental wellness freedoms – from point out properties across the country to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom – this landmark laws enshrines into law the critical protections of Roe v. Wade and secures the ideal to reproductive treatment for all females throughout The us. In addition, she entered the testimony of a Charlotte mom who is an abortion treatment provider into the Congressional History.
“A woman who does not have manage about her individual human body is not no cost,” explained Congresswoman Adams. “So I want you to near your eyes and visualize remaining pressured to give start during a global pandemic. There are much less in-man or woman visits and much more telehealth visits. New mother and father are obtaining youngsters alone without their people, stressing if their child will capture the virus. If some thing goes mistaken, there may possibly not be place in the ICU. Now let’s open up our eyes to the fact: no lady really should have to yield regulate over her personal selections, and her very own body. Let’s move the Women’s Wellness Safety Act.”
Rep Adams’ Statement for the Congressional History
I want to amplify the voice of Calla Hales, a female in my district who is the two an abortion care service provider, and a mother:
“Last year, I manufactured the preference to have a boy or girl with my partner.
What I didn’t opt for was prenatal checkups with COVID safety measures. I did not pick out the problems I had during my pregnancy. I did not opt for providing my remarkable child lady without my spouse and children for the reason that the pandemic constrained the visitors in the maternity ward.
I did not select stressing each working day if she would be risk-free from the coronavirus, inspite of her pulmonary difficulties.
I am very pleased of the option that I manufactured, in spite of all the things that is gone incorrect about the previous two decades.
But no one particular should ever be forced to make that decision. No man or woman ought to be pressured to have a being pregnant to phrase in the course of a international pandemic, or any other time.”
For decades, radical state legislatures have waged an all-out assault on women’s reproductive rights. 2021 is on track to be the worst legislative calendar year for women’s well being rights at any time, with 90 actions restricting reproductive legal rights enacted due to the fact July – additional than in any yr because the Roe v. Wade conclusion in 1973. On May possibly 19th, Texas enacted SB 8, which is now the most serious abortion law in influence in the United States. This catastrophic legislation outlaws just about all abortions right after six weeks, with no exceptions for rape and incest, whilst also generating a chilling bounty method that deputizes non-public citizens to sue wellness treatment companies or any one else they consider has assisted a girl get an abortion just after 6 months of pregnancy.
Shamefully, the Supreme Courtroom voted to permit this legislation to go into outcome, inspite of its flagrant violation of the Structure, by properly denying Texas females the skill to physical exercise their constitutional legal rights guaranteed by Roe. The Supreme Court docket could get more motion to intestine Roe’s crucial protections when it considers Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Overall health Group on December 1st.
The Women’s Health and fitness Protections Act codifies the constitutional suitable to abortion care as found in Roe and reaffirmed in lots of subsequent decisions for virtually 50 % a century. It establishes the federal statutory ideal for wellness treatment providers to supply abortion care and the federal proper for individuals to obtain that treatment, free from point out restrictions. Enshrining these critical rights is also an problem of racial and economic justice, as constraints on reproductive treatment disproportionately harm females of shade and ladies from low-money communities and perpetuate lengthy-standing inequities.
About Alma Adams
Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the Dwelling Committee on Agriculture. Also, she serves on the Property Economical Solutions Committee and the Residence Training & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Overall health Caucus.