Chairwoman Maloney to Hold Hearing on the Impact of Abortion Restrictions and the Threat of a Republican National Abortion Ban

Sep 27, 2022
Press Release
Abortion Storyteller, Providers from States with Bans to Testify

Washington D.C. (Sept. 27, 2022)—On Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing to examine the impact of abortion bans and restrictions imposed by Republicans following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the threat of a national abortion ban supported by congressional Republicans.

The Supreme Court’s extreme Dobbs decision upheld a Mississippi law that prohibited abortion after 15 weeks, overturning two landmark Supreme Court decisions and nearly a half-century of legal precedent affirming the constitutional right to abortion. 

 

Since the June decision, 15 states have banned abortion altogether and others have dramatically restricted access, forcing people to travel hundreds of miles to access abortion care.

 

On the national level, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced legislation this month that would establish a nationwide 15-week criminal abortion ban and imprison doctors who perform abortions for up to five years.  Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said he would support a similar ban, and former Vice President Mike Pence has said abortion should be banned in all 50 states.

 

This hearing will examine the impact of state abortion bans and how they disproportionately harm people who already experience health inequities.  Members will also examine how Republicans are pushing to go further by banning abortion nationwide. 

 

 

WHAT:  

 

Full Committee hearing entitled, “Examining the Harm to Patients from Abortion Restrictions and the Threat of a National Abortion Ban”

 

WHEN:

Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET
 

WHO:    

 

Kelsey Leigh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Dr. Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH

Medical Director for Primary and Trans Care

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

 

Dr. Nisha Verma, MD, MPH, FACOG

Fellow

Physicians for Reproductive Health


Jocelyn Frye

President

National Partnership for Women & Families

Additional witnesses to be announced

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

MEDIA:

  

Seating in the hearing room is limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to the Oversight Committee Democrats Press Office at oversightpress@mail.house.gov no later than 6 p.m. ET on September 28, 2022. 

 

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Issues: 
117th Congress