Historic Day for Abortion Rights

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On Wednesday, February 12, the Act for Women campaign showed up in full force to support WHPA! Thank you for filling the hearing room, submitting testimony for the record, and mobilizing your networks to support this bill. Your voices were heard.

This was the first hearing on proactive legislation to protect abortion access in the House in nearly thirty years. Your hard work and dedication to reproductive rights got us to this historic moment and together we will move WHPA forward in 2020!

(Photos by Cal Cary & Dayna Smith/ImageSmith Media)

Voices for our rights: Holly Alvarado

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: Holly Alvarado testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. (Photo by Cal Cary/ImageSmith Media)

“I am a decorated campaign veteran who was taught Geneva Conventions, NATO rules of engagement and trusted to be competent in my abilities enough to teach them to future Airmen. Yet, when making a decision over my own life I was not trusted to know what was best for myself. Several state laws had made that clear to me. The decision to continue or end a pregnancy is a healthcare decision that cannot be made by one individual for another individual.

I cannot reconcile that our government trusted me to hold weapons of protection for our country and serve as a respected member of our armed services, but could not trust me to make the right decision over my own body.”

Holly Alvarado, Advocate

Voices for our rights: Dr. Yashica Robinson

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: Dr. Yashica Robinson testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. (Photo by Dayna Smith/ImageSmith Media)

“Decades of medically unnecessary restrictions have taken their toll in Alabama. It is not unusual for patients to travel up to 8 hours to reach us because so many other providers have been forced to close.

Abortion is healthcare. The Women’s Health Protection Act would bring needed federal protections for my patients and safeguard their rights.”

Dr. Yashica Robinson, Medical Director, Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives

Voices for our rights: Nancy Northup

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, testifies before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. (Photo by Dayna Smith/ImageSmith Media)

“Forty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court recognized in Roe that the right of personal liberty guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment includes the decision by a woman to end her pregnancy. As the Court would later explain, it is the promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty that the government may not enter.

[WHPA is] a meaningful, concrete step to ensuring that Roe is real for all women.”

Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights