Hoyer Floor Remarks In Support Of Legislation To Ensure Reproductive Freedom

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 8297, the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act and H.R. 8296, the Women’s Health Protection Act. Below is a copy of his remarks as prepared for delivery and the video:

“Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill and the Women’s Health Protection Act that we are also considering today.
 
“Three weeks ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn a Constitutional right for the first time. This unprecedented decision reversed nearly fifty years of established precedent, overturning Roe v. Wade and paving the way for trigger laws across the country to criminalize access to abortion instantly. With this ruling, women in 2022 will have fewer rights than their mothers or grandmothers.
 
“Today, the House of Representatives is responding forcefully to protect the women of our country. Today, this House will vote to stand with women and affirm their freedom to make their own health-care decisions – free from interference from politicians.
 
“We must do everything in our power to ensure that women are free to travel wherever they need in order to access safe, legal abortions without fear of punishment. That’s why I am bringing The Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act to the floor today.
 
“This legislation would prohibit states from preventing, impeding, or obstructing women from traveling to other states for abortion care or retaliating against them for doing so. This bill would also extend the same protections to health care providers who perform abortions for out-of-state patients and to anyone who helps them with transportation. Additionally, this bill would protect the movement in interstate commerce of prescription drugs approved by the F.D.A. to end pregnancies safely at home.
 
“I’m grateful to Reps. Lizzie Fletcher, Marilyn Strickland, and Jamie Raskin for introducing this legislation and to Chairman Frank Pallone for advancing it through the Energy and Commerce Committee expeditiously. I also want to thank Reps. Diana DeGette and Barbara Lee for their leadership on this issue as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
 
“While protecting interstate travel is an important step, Congress must do much, much more to ensure that every woman in our country can access health care and reproductive choice safely, legally, and affordably.
 
“That’s why we are also considering an updated version of the Women’s Health Protection Act today. I want to thank Rep. Judy Chu again for her leadership in this effort. Make no mistake, until we codify Roe v. Wade’s forty-nine year precedent in federal statute, women in many parts of our country will not be safe or have access to the health care they need. If we fail to do so, they will continue having to leave their states and even their country to exercise that basic right.
 
“How far will women in America have to go until they are no longer treated as second-class citizens? How long will they have to struggle until they once again have the Constitutional right that had been recognized and protected for their mothers and grandmothers? I urge my colleagues to join me in voting ‘yes’ to protect every American woman’s reproductive freedom where they live.”

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  1. Reproductive Freedom:
    1. Choose Abstinence or Choose the Opoortunity for Pregnancy
    2. Choose to Marry or Choose to Stay Single
    3. Choose carefully, vet, court, consider, get advice about, and pray about a spouse or randomly choose a sleeping partner

    There are many reproductive freedoms in this country shared by all citizens.

    Now, freedom to be evil is not a freedom in this country. I understand Mr. Hoyer may believe promoting evil will keep him in office, but the attempt to legislate evil into law is a low place for Mr. Hoyer to be, especially if you understand the religious history of Maryland, and even more St. Mary’s County. The name of the state and county reveal the Good that was birthed here on St. Clement’s island: a place of life and religious liberty.

    Mr. Hoyer neglects Good and promotes Evil. He promotes death. He defies God’s natural order. What a disappointment Mr. Hoyer is.

    Choose life & freedom in God, not slavery to sin and medical reliance to correct your choices. Choose to invest in yourself and have confidence in yourself. Life is worth it.

    1. Thank-you Andrew, thank-you, for expressing clearly what so many are thinking about on this contentious and dreadful matter. It is not a matter for yelling or swinging bats; it is one for testifying to the truth for which all are responsible. I must repeat your words:
      “Choose life & freedom in God, not slavery to sin and medical reliance to correct your choices.” Yes, life is worth it for all, even those we think we can dispose of. Especially those!

  2. First part of the statement Mr. BDEF, ” overturns a constitutional right ” should give you pause and at least guide you in your response! There never was a constitutional right granted from Roe v Wade. If that were true, a law crafted in the spirit of said ruling would’ve followed. However, the “activists “, hell bent on codifying RVW into law without a constitutional basis, relied on decades of precedent as their affirmation. The current court rightly ruled no such basis exists within a constructionists interpretation. In other words, it doesn’t matter how long you incorrectly interpret the U.S Constitution. Steny, with his vast legal knowledge should know this, and you should at least endeavor to hold him accountable for it without a political bias.

    1. WTF does your comment have to do with anything No Clue? You’ve proclaimed your hatred for this country and our system of govt. Go live in Russia or China when you will be happy.

  3. The planet where Good men were sacrificial, honorable, dependable, kind, and self-controlled.

    The planet has taken a turn for Evil, so perhaps these qualities are unrecognizable now.

    1. That is just laughable. Your comments are naive and completely at odds with human nature and history.

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