Senate Briefing Makes an Urgent Call to Pass WHPA, Enshrine Federal Abortion Rights into Law

On Wednesday, January 17, Senate Democrats held a briefing in the United States Senate to illuminate the state of abortion rights in America, the chaos and cruelty of state abortion bans, and the need to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. The briefing was co-hosted by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

Watch a clip from the hearing here.

The Senators were joined by three powerful panelists who shared their expertise on the state of crisis for abortion access across the country: Dr. Austin Dennard, OB/GYN and one of the patient plaintiffs in a lawsuit ; Dr. Serina Floyd, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, and Jessica Valenti, feminist writer and author of Abortion, Every Day.

“Our Women’s Health Protection Act, which I am proud to lead, would guarantee doctors the freedom to provide abortion care and give patients the ability to receive the abortion care they need everywhere across the country.”

— Senator Baldwin