Ariel Grace's Law

Floor Speech

Date: June 7, 2016
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, 1 year ago tomorrow, Ariel Grace's life ended before it had a chance to begin--killed by the failure of the unsafe medical device, Essure. Despite her tragic passing, there remains no legal recourse to seek justice. That is why, on the 1-year anniversary of her death, I will introduce Ariel Grace's Law in order to resolve the broken law that prevents the families of Ariel Grace and thousands of others to have their voices heard in court.

At the same time, I will offer legislation to reform the flawed FDA process that allowed another dangerous device--a laparoscopic power morcellator--to spread deadly cancer throughout the bodies of women like shrapnel. Despite case after case, no one reported the harm to the FDA--not even their own doctors. The Medical Device Guardians Act will add doctors into the list of entities that must report unsafe devices so that lifesaving action can be taken quickly when it is needed to protect others.

The institutions and regulations that are designed to protect our constituents from unsafe devices in these cases and others have failed. It is time we take action to address them.