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Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Threats to Abortion Rights and Access

Washington D.C. (September 21, 2021)—On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing to examine the threat to abortion rights and access posed by extreme anti-choice state governments and a Supreme Court that is hostile to reproductive rights.  The hearing will also evaluate actions the federal government can take to protect the right to abortion and expand access in light of these existential threats —including passing the Women’s Health Protection Act and putting an end to the Hyde Amendment.

On September 1, 2021, Texas’s Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8)—one of the most extreme abortion bans in United States history—took effect after the Supreme Court declined to enjoin the law.  S.B. 8 bans abortion after six weeks, before many people even know they are pregnant, and makes no exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomalies.  Under S.B. 8, for the first time private citizens—including those outside of Texas—are allowed to sue abortion providers or any person who aids a patient in getting an abortion after six weeks.  

In December, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.  Dobbs is widely seen as a test case to overturn Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to privacy protects a person’s right to have an abortion.  

The hearing will examine these multi-faceted, existential threats to abortion access, how these threats disproportionately harm communities that already experience health disparities, and the urgent need for federal action to protect and expand abortion rights and access.

WHAT:  

 

Full Committee hearing entitled, “A Dire State:  Examining the Urgent Need to Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access in the United States.”

 

WHEN:

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET

 

WHO:    

 

Panel I

The Honorable Cori Bush
Member of Congress, 1st District of Missouri

 

The Honorable Barbara Lee
Co-Chair, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
Member of Congress, 13th District of California

 

The Honorable Pramila Jayapal
Member of Congress, 7th District of Washington

 

The Honorable Judy Chu
Member of Congress, 27th District of California

 

PANEL II

 

Maleeha Aziz
Community Organizer
Texas Equal Access Fund

 

Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi
Texas-Based Practicing OB/GYN
Board Member
Physicians for Reproductive Health

 

Melissa Murray
Professor of Law

Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network

New York University School of Law

 

Additional witnesses to be announced.

 

WATCH:

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

MEDIA

Per the Office of the Attending Physician’s guidelines, and in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House Administration, the hearing room has been reconfigured to provide for social distancing.  In light of current guidance from CDC and OAP, media must comply with the Committee’s COVID guidelines, including by continuing to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

 

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. ET September 29, 2021.

 

For more information, please contact the Gallery:   

 

House Radio/TV Gallery:     [email protected]             202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:     [email protected]     202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:   [email protected]   202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:           [email protected]            202-224-6548 

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