Pallone Floor Remarks on the Women’s Health Protection Act
Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor today during consideration of H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021:
Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.
The need to pass this legislation grows more urgent every day as anti-abortion extremists continue to pass harmful state laws that are intended to restrict access to reproductive health care and turn back the clock on the constitutionally protected right to abortion. While the courts seem willing to chip away at decades of clear precedent guaranteeing the right for women to make their own health care decisions, it is vital we act to protect this right and enshrine it in federal law.
This legislation simply ensures that no matter where they live, patients can access abortion services and health care providers can provide this care without medically unnecessary and burdensome restrictions.
Now is the time to pass this legislation and ensure women’s health care rights are enshrined in federal law. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation today.