[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 89 (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)]
[Page H3494]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                           ARIEL GRACE'S LAW

  (Mr. FITZPATRICK asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  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.