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Rep. Judy Chu Releases Statement about U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on the 'Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act'

December 6, 2011
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32) released the following statement in response to today's House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on H.R. 3541, The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2011.

"I am very disturbed to see  the tenor of debate on this bill in today's hearing.  This bill does the opposite of what it claims to do, it actually promotes discrimination. And that was certainly clear at today's hearing where Members of Congress and witnesses freely used racial stereotypes to justify making healthcare less accessible to women of color.  We shouldn't question any woman's motives for making choices about her reproductive health.  This bill would just promote racial profiling by doctors, reinforces xenophobic stereotypes and block access to needed health services in low-income communities and among people of color," said Rep. Chu. 

Congresswoman Chu is a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, as well as the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.  Chu also sits on the Small Business Committee and is the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).