WATCH: House committee holds hearing on harm done to patients from abortion restrictions

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing on Thursday on the harm caused to patients due to restrictions on abortion.

Watch the hearing in the player above.

The hearing also focused on the potential harm a nationwide 15-week abortion ban could cause for women and doctors.

An analysis released be the committee prior to the hearing says a national abortion ban would take away reproductive freedom from nearly 64 million women across the country — roughly twice the number impacted by current restrictions.

“Republicans are turning back the clock on women’s rights—back to a time when women were not viewed as equal citizens, and when they had no control over their own bodies,” said committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney.

The analysis also cited a 2021 study estimated that a national ban on abortion could increase overall maternal mortality by 24 percent and increase maternal mortality for Black women by 39 percent.

Republicans are showing us the America they envision. It is a place that limits women’s freedom, and imposes government control over our bodies and our choices,”

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Most abortions are now illegal in 13 states, and others — including Texas, Oklahoma and Idaho — allow people to sue anyone who performs or aids in an abortion.

“This means that roughly half of the women in America live in states that rob them of their fundamental freedom to make decisions about their bodies,” Maloney said.

An Arizona judge ruled last week that prosecutors can resume enforcing a near-total ban on abortion that dates to the Civil War.

“Let that sink in — a law banning abortion from more than a century ago, before women won the right to vote, is now back in effect,” Maloney said.

Meanwhile, Democratic-led states like California, New York and Connecticut have been writing and passing laws to make it easier to get an abortion, with California promoting its abortion services on a state-funded website designed in part to reach women who live in other states.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen new abortion laws Tuesday, including some that deliberately clash with restrictions in other states — a sign of the coming conflicts that must be sorted out as lawmakers rush to set their own rules now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

It’s not just California. Democratic governors in Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Rhode Island and Maine have all signed executive orders aiming to protect abortion providers and volunteers. Connecticut was the first state to pass a law protecting abortion providers and others, signed in May even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Witnesses at the hearing included Kelsey Leigh from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Dr. Bhavik Kumar, a medical director for Primary and Trans Care at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast; Dr. Nisha Verma, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health; Jocelyn Frye, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families and Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst.

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