Hastings’ Statement Ahead of House Rules Committee Meeting on Legislation Restricting Women’s Rights
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement ahead of tonight’s meeting of the House Rules Committee to consider legislation that restricts women’s access to reproductive health care:
“Tonight, the House Committee on Rules meets to consider legislation that would further restrict a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions. It is outrageous that we are again considering partisan bills that impede access to much needed health services and attack a woman’s right to choose, even as we face a looming government shutdown. We should be concentrating on keeping the government funded, not on defunding health clinics across the country.
“The continued efforts to defund Planned Parenthood would cut off reproductive and other health care services to millions of women. More than 2.6 million people visited Planned Parenthood in 2013, benefiting from critical services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings. But Republicans insist on eviscerating these services and are willing to shutdown the government to do it.
“The House GOP needs to stop wasting time subjecting women in America to constant legislative harassment. Reproductive health decisions should be between a woman and her doctor, not the government, and I will continue to oppose these efforts.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.