Engel Participates in Hearing to Promote Reproductive Justice

Engel Participates in Hearing to Promote Reproductive Justice

Congressman Eliot L. Engel today participated in an Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on protecting women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care services, including abortion care. During the hearing Engel spoke in favor of House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation he cosponsors.

“Comprehensive health care means having access to safe, affordable abortion care,” said Rep. Engel. “Access to abortion care is under attack from hostile state legislatures and ideological Republicans who want to restrict access to it. The Women’s Health Protection Act would reverse this anti-choice tide by ensuring that every American can exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed right to an abortion regardless of where they live.”

Since 2011, GOP-led state legislatures have passed nearly 450 laws restricting access to abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act would establish a federal right for health care providers to carry out an abortion and for patients to receive abortion care, free from unnecessary state bans and restrictions. Congressman Engel highlighted the need for this legislation during his questions at today’s hearing, which can be viewed here.

Congressman Engel is a Member of the House Pro Choice Caucus with a 100% pro-choice record. He also chaired a Foreign Affairs hearing on the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, H.R. 1055, on February 5, 2020. This legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Engel, would permanently repeal the global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funds for foreign non-governmental organizations that use non-U.S. funds to provide abortion services or provide information about abortion as part of comprehensive family planning services. The Trump Administration has implemented and expanded the harmful global gag rule.