WHPA Coalition Marks Senate Hearing with New Video


The WHPA coalition is releasing a new video to mark today’s WHPA hearing in the U.S. Senate. Catch the hearing live TODAY (Wednesday, June 16) at 2:30 pm ET.

Huge shoutout to WHPA coalition members National Network of Abortion Funds, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Advocates for Youth, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Women’s Law Center for filming this important video!

TODAY: U.S. Senate Hearing on WHPA

Today, June 16, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is federal legislation that works toward a future where all of us are free to make the personal decisions that shape our lives, our futures and our families, without political interference.


When: TODAY, Wednesday, June 16, 2:30 pm

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WHPA in the News, Following Announcement from SCOTUS

On May 17th, the Supreme Court announced it will hear a case that presents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. As the implications of the announcement became clear, news outlets around the country turned to the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 as the legislative solution to the current crisis in abortion rights and access in the U.S.

SALON: “There’s already a bill in existence that, if passed into law, could stop the push to overturn Roe in its tracks.”

Coalition members URGE and the Center for Reproductive Rights spoke to Salon about how WHPA would protect the right to access abortion care free from bans and restrictions. Preston Mitchum, Policy Director at URGE, described the key feature of the bill: “It creates that statutory right [to abortion] automatically.” And Jackie Blank, Federal Legislative Strategist with the Center spoke to the moment saying, “this is a bill that addresses exactly the types of bans and restrictions like the 15 weeks case that’s in Mississippi.” Read the article on Salon.com.

THE AMERICAN PROSPECT: “In this year’s session alone, over 500 anti-abortion bills have been proposed in state legislatures, with 70 of them being enacted so far.”

In an article examining Mississippi’s 15-week ban and the wave of anti-abortion laws restricting access across the U.S., coalition members Abortion Access Front, Guttmacher Institute, URGE, and the Center for Reproductive Rights spoke to the current attacks on reproductive rights and the importance of WHPA. “It’s a pretty critical bill,” said Elizabeth Nash, Principal Policy Associate on State Issues for the Guttmacher Institute. “The Supreme Court’s announcement that they’re taking the Mississippi case could be a signal to Congress that they need to pay attention.” Read the article in the American Prospect.

Read more:

GLAMOUR: SCOTUS Will Hear a Case on a Mississippi Abortion Law Threatening Roe v. Wade. Here’s What You Need to Know

WELL+GOOD: Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Mississippi Abortion Case

WISCONSIN EXAMINER: Baldwin Fights to Protect Abortion Rights

PASADENA NOW: Local Congresswoman Joins Other Legislators, Announces Plans to Reintroduce the Women’s Health Protection Act