August 19, 2021
Pressley, Maloney, DeGette, Lee, and Pressley Announce Resolution in Support of Equitable, Science-based Access to Medication Abortion Care
“For far too long, the FDA’s medically unnecessary restrictions on mifepristone has prevented folks from accessing safe and effective medication abortion care,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “Our resolution affirms Congress‘s support for just, safe and science-based medication abortion policies. This is a crucial moment for action, and if we’re serious about affirming health care as the human right that it is, then we must ensure equitable access to care.” “I am proud to lead my colleagues in expressing Congress’ unequivocal support for equitable and science-based medication abortion care policies,” said Chairwoman Maloney. “Mifepristone is extremely safe—the FDA’s own data confirms this. It’s time that we trust the science and ensure access to safe, legal abortion, particularly for communities where abortion care has been historically pushed out of reach. I’ve spent years in Congress advocating for equitable access to reproductive health care, and I plan to continue this fight until everyone can freely exercise their right to access abortion—including medication abortion.” “Abortion pills have proven to be both safe and effective, yet needless restrictions are making it harder for women to access the care they need,” said Rep. DeGette. “As co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, we are committed to eliminating all unnecessary barriers to abortion care, including the onerous and unnecessary restrictions on the use of medication abortion. We look forward to working with the FDA to ensure any policies regarding the use of mifepristone are based solely on science and evidence, not politics or ideology.” “There is no reason for the FDA to impose unnecessary restrictions on the medication abortion drug mifepristone – a safe and effective form of medication abortion care,” said Rep. Lee. “For people already experiencing health disparities—including people of color, people with lower incomes, and people in rural communities—the FDA’s restrictions often push access to medication abortion out of reach. We cannot allow discriminatory stigma to keep people from accessing the health care they deserve. As Pro-Choice Caucus Co-chair, I remain committed to eliminating any and all hurdles for people to access safe abortion care.” Over the course of her first term serving in Congress, Congresswoman Pressley has filed amendments every year to repeal the Hyde Amendment from annual Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bills and in July of 2020 published a Medium post on the importance of doing so. In May, she commended President Biden for eliminating Hyde in his FY22 presidential budget proposal and last month, she was instrumental in the House’s work to advance funding bills that eliminated Hyde for the first time in over four decades. In April, Rep. Pressley, along with Congresswomen Barbara Lee (CA-13), Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), led a group of 131 Democratic members in reintroducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act or the EACH Act, which would repeal the Hyde Amendment and ensure that all people, regardless of income, insurance or zip code, can make personal reproductive health care decisions without interference from politicians. In May 2020, she led more than 155 Members of Congress in calling on House Democratic leadership to ensure that any COVID-19 relief packages rejected Republican efforts to use the public health crisis to diminish abortion access.