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New Op-Ed: Congress is Pushing Back

“We deserve to be heard; we deserve to be understood; and we will have our rights protected.”Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (D-PA) in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

This week, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean penned a deeply personal Op-Ed, highlighting the critical role access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare plays in protecting the health and safety of women and their families.

In this piece, the Congresswoman heralds WHPA as the federal policy solution needed to protect a person’s decision whether and when to become a parent. She also writes, “above all, we have to insist that this debate is not abstract. It is about real women making incredibly difficult choices in painful circumstances.”

Read the Op-Ed here.

Oregon Leaders: Protect Reproductive Health Care with WHPA

Everyone should be able to make their own decision about their health care, including the choice to terminate their pregnancy. And here in Oregon, the three of us are committed to it staying that way,” wrote Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Governor Kate Brown, and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in a recent Op-Ed.

“At the federal level, Congresswoman Bonamici is tackling this issue with the Women’s Health Protection Act, which reaffirms a woman’s right to abortion free from burdensome restrictions, and the EACH Woman Act, which would make sure abortion care and other reproductive health services are covered for every person – no matter where they live, what their income is or whether they are insured.”

Read more in The Oregonian.

“Let’s pass the Women’s Health Protection Act now”

In a recently published op-ed, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) urged her colleagues in Congress to join her in supporting and passing the Women’s Health Protection Act.

“Women’s health care is under assault like we’ve never seen before. States around the country are racing to enact bans on abortion, which will do nothing more than put women’s lives at risk,” wrote Congresswoman Davis.

“The supporters of these bills are clear in their objective: to repeal Roe v. Wade. It’s time to settle this issue once and for all. Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) to codify the Roe v. Wade decision into law.”

Read more in the Mission Times Courier.

Sign Petition for WHPA Today

Over 40,000 people have already signed this petition urging Congress to support and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Make your voice heard by signing and sharing today!

And remember, you can always support WHPA by asking your network to contact their representatives here.

TODAY: Young Leaders on Capitol Hill for WHPA!

Over 100 young advocates are on Capitol Hill today to urge Members of Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act.

“Congress has a responsibility to act”

During a press conference in Seattle, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-D) called on Congress to join her in supporting the Women’s Health Protection Act.

“The House and Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act without delay so we can protect women from these terribly invasive state laws, including Alabama’s most recent assault on women’s health. We will not let a small band of extremist lawmakers determine our future, determine our health, determine how we will carry out our lives,” said Congresswoman DelBene.

Watch a clip here.

Slate: WHPA is a “Brilliant Idea”

The online publication Slate hails the Women’s Health Protection Act as an “important move” against the escalating state-level laws and bans that restrict abortion access, burdening providers and patients with unnecessary requirements, delays, or other actions. WHPA “would end the attacks on abortion clinics through one simple measure: requiring states to regulate abortion providers in exactly the same way they do other clinics and doctors who provide comparable services. No more singling out abortion providers.”

From Today’s Reintroduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act

Lead Sponsor Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) kicks off the reintroduction of WHPA

Comments by Lead Sponsor Representative Judy Chu (D-CA):

“Our bill finally puts a stop to the state-based attacks that anti-abortion advocates have been trying to use to undermine or even reverse Roe. And it prohibits any non-medical restrictions on our bodies. That means no “heartbeat bills,” no requirements that clinic doors be a certain width, no waiting periods or unnecessary ultrasounds; it means no abortion bans.

Finally, a woman’s right to receive abortion services and a provider’s right to perform abortion services would be enshrined in federal law. And I also thrilled at the support we have for this bill. We began just this week to gather cosponsors, and in three days we got 169 cosponsors for this bill. And support of course is growing in the Senate as well. What’s more, the support is not just from blue states or cities; we have support from all over the country, because the truth is the majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortions.”


Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights.

Comments by Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights:

“Like all of you, we at the Center are alarmed by the increasingly cruel and extreme bans and restrictions being imposed by anti-abortion politicians — in violation of women’s rights and human rights. These measures are unconstitutional, and right now, we have dozens of challenges in the courts, including one that is already at the Supreme Court.

In large swaths of this country, abortion is already nearly inaccessible due to blatantly unconstitutional restrictions that hurt women and their families and prevent people from making personal decisions about their health, their lives, and their futures. …

We are not leaving anything to chance. We need a national law to protect equal access to abortion across America. Please join me in moving forward by supporting the Women’s health Protection Act to assure the constitutional rights of allpeople, no matter what state they call home. We will not go back!”

WHPA reintroduced today on the Hill!

Dr. Leana Wen, president/CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, gives remarks at the reintroduction of WHPA.

This morning, lead sponsors from Congress and top advocates from reproductive rights and justice organizations gathered on the Hill to announce the re-introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill’s co-leads are Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), taking a strong stand against the recent state-level near-total bans on abortion, as well as the years of restrictions and bans that came before it.

Said Blumenthal, “As extremist lawmakers viciously attack women’s reproductive rights in statehouses across the nation, the Women’s Health Protection Act has never been more urgent or more necessary. These demagogic and draconian laws hurt women and families as they make personal and difficult medical decisions. This issue is about more than women’s health care; it’s about human rights — all our rights.”

The Women’s Health Protection Act was co-sponsored by 173 members of the House and 42 Senators at re-introduction. The bill will block state-level restrictions and bans that are eroding access to abortion in states across the country, sometimes leaving states with just one remaining abortion clinic.

“The Women’s Health Protection Act will ensure that a woman’s ability to access abortion care does not depend on her zip code, and we will work tirelessly to guarantee that in law,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Also present at re-introduction was Dr. Leana Wen, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood, bill cosponsors Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL), Marcia Fudge (D-OH).

You can view the livestream here: Livestream re-introduction of WHPA.

The Center for Reproductive Rights: Proud to support WHPA

“The Women’s Health Protection Act would safeguard against the unrelenting wave of restrictions on safe, legal abortion that continue to sweep the country. A woman’s ability to get high-quality, constitutionally protected health care should never depend on her zip code or the ever-changing political winds.”
—Nancy Northup, CEO and President,
Center for Reproductive Rights