Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOW is a strong supporter of the Women’s Health Protection Act, and we applaud Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) for their leadership. Today, Rep. Eshoo will chair a hearing entitled “Protecting Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care”—adding another milestone to this already historic record of the 116th Congress.
In testimony I submitted for today’s hearing, I said:
“We know that this campaign against women’s access to reproductive health care has nothing to do with promoting women’s health and safety but is about controlling women and their bodies. Misogyny clearly plays a part. It is hard to believe that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest nation in the world, with all of our medical advances that these restrictions on vital health care needs have been allowed to persist.”
NOW proudly stands behind Rep. Eshoo, her colleagues, and today’s witnesses as they bear witness to the need for a statutory protection for access to abortion care free from medically unnecessary limits and bans.
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