House Subcommittee Convened for a Hearing on the “Threats to Reproductive Rights in America”

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties convened for a hearing on the “Threats to Reproductive Rights in America,” specifically focusing on abortion access in light of the abortion bans passed in Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama earlier this year, all of which severely restrict people’s ability to have safe abortion and are a direct confrontation to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which recognized abortion as a constitutional right. Those present at the hearing included healthcare providers, reproductive health advocates, and women who shared their own abortion experiences. They encouraged the government to uphold Roe v. Wade and protect safe, legal abortions. One of the women who testified was Busy Philipps, an activist and actress. In her statement, she recounts how she was able to get an abortion in Arizona at 15, something she could not do now due to parental consent laws. In Arizona, those under the age of 18 seeking an abortion require consent from their parents as well as a 24-hour waiting period before the procedure. These obstacles make abortion difficult for anyone, but especially for those who are minors. Dr. Owen Phillips and Dr. Yashica Robinson, healthcare providers in […]

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