Missouri health officials’ efforts to shut down the last abortion clinic within state borders are “a denial of basic healthcare services”, the New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said at a House oversight committee hearing on Thursday.
Missouri took “extreme actions” to limit reproductive rights, the panel heard. Tactics included tracking patients’ periods and medically unnecessary pelvic exams, amounting to “state-sponsored abuse”, Maloney said.
“I cannot begin to describe my disgust at these violations of privacy and breaches of trust by government officials,” said Maloney. “Sadly, Missouri’s actions are not taking place in isolation. Other states have pushed for similar restrictions.”