Congresswoman Slaughter is a fierce advocate for science-based solutions to improve health care and make it more affordable. As the only microbiologist in Congress, the congresswoman is uniquely qualified to examine and discuss the health care issues facing our nation. With a wide range of legislative victories under her belt, Congresswoman Slaughter is considered one of the top health care authorities in Congress.
Congresswoman Slaughter is fighting to address some of the biggest health issues of our time, such as keeping antibiotics effective, preventing genetic discrimination, protecting women’s health, and ensuring affordable health care coverage for all.
- Expanding Health Care Coverage: Congresswoman Slaughter was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to the ACA, children can stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26, insurance companies can no longer deny a person health insurance due to preexisting conditions or charge women more than men for the same policies, and millions of seniors now have free access to life-saving preventative health care – all while reducing the federal deficit by billions of dollars.
- Preserving Antibiotics for Human Health: The congresswoman is the author of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which she first introduced in 2007. PAMTA is designed to significantly reduce the quantity of antibiotics routinely used in the production of livestock and poultry. Scientific evidence indicates that this overuse of antibiotics in food production is currently contributing to the growth of antibiotic resistance threatening human health. Protecting the medical value of our antibiotics is critical to keeping American citizens healthy. For a more in depth article about antibiotic resistance, please visit the Antibiotic Resistance page here.
- Securing Research Funding: Today, scientists are on the verge of breakthroughs in genetics, cell biology, and other areas that will allow for innovative new methods of prevention, detection, and treatment, as well as advancing toward cures. With this in mind, Congresswoman Slaughter actively opposes proposed cuts to funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and advocates for the expansion of research efforts.
- Affordable Care Act (ACA): Then chair of the House Committee on Rules, Congresswoman Slaughter played a pivotal role in bringing the ACA to the floor of the House of Representatives for the final vote on passage. The ACA is making health care more affordable for American families. The impact on New Yorkers alone has been overwhelming: an estimated 147,000 young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ plan up to age 26; more than 6 million people are no longer limited by annual and lifetime caps, and more than 8 million have gained access to preventative care like flu shots and cancer screenings at zero cost.
- Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research: Congresswoman Slaughter dedicated the first $500 million in federal funds to breast cancer research at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Prior to 1993, all clinical trials at the NIH were being conducted only on white men. This meant that diseases killing thousands of women per year, like breast cancer or ovarian cancer, or those that disproportionately affect minorities, such as sickle cell anemia, were not being researched properly. Congresswoman Slaughter led the charge to fix this discrepancy, culminating in the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, which mandated that the NIH include women and minorities in all human subject research.
- Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus: Congresswoman Slaughter fights tirelessly to advance the rights of women, including reproductive rights. In her role as co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, she works to protect women’s reproductive freedom and to educate the public about reproductive health. Congresswoman Slaughter has fought tirelessly against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other providers or abortion and contraceptive care services.
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): Congresswoman Slaughter authored the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which became law in 2008 after a fourteen-year congressional battle. The late Senator Ted Kennedy called GINA the “the first civil rights bill of the new century.” For more information about GINA, please visit the Public Health page here.
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WASHINGTON, DC — On the news that the Trump administration will suddenly end hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Congresswomen Diana DeGette and Louise Slaughter, co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of Dr. Amy Reed. Dr. Reed’s own patient report to the FDA was the first adverse event report received regarding power morcellators, which was followed by hundreds of other safety reports.
Washington, DC – Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) called the budget request submitted to Congress today by President Trump an unprecedented attack on women’s health. The proposal would make drastic cuts to crucial programs and have a devastating impact on women’s access to vital health care services.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today introduced the Employee Benefits Protection Act to help ensure retirees receive the benefits they have earned and depend on. This legislation would make it more difficult for companies to use the restructuring process to reduce or terminate benefits for current and future retirees. Slaughter’s legislation would protect hundreds of thousands of retirees in New York State and millions more across the country. The legislation was introduced along with Republican Congressman Walter Jones (NC-03).
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on women’s health issues, including access to affordable contraception.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced a package of bills to reform the review process for medical devices and increase access to legal recourse for victims of unsafe devices.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) led nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives in denouncing President Trump’s policies toward women’s health and women’s rights during the first 100 days of his administration. This effort also comes nearly 100 days after the National Women’s March, where millions of people across the country and around the globe marched to protect women’s rights.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, released this statement in reaction to attempts by Republicans leaders in Congress to attach anti-choice riders on the bill to fund the U.S. government through the rest of Fiscal Year 2017. These riders may echo past legislation restricting a woman's right to choose, including so-called "conscience clauses" affecting the availability of abortion services.