(WHPA) is a federal bill that would protect the right to access abortion care by creating a safeguard against bans and medically unnecessary restrictions that apply to no similar medical care. These harmful restrictions are threatening to eliminate access to abortion care in large swaths of the country, and prevent people from making personal decisions about their health, their lives, and their futures.
The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect access to abortion care from:
- Bans on abortion prior to viability that are a direct violation of constitutional rights confirmed by Roe v. Wade;
- Requirements that doctors provide medically inaccurate and, at times, false information to people seeking abortion care;
- Restrictions on the ability to access medication abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy;
- State-mandated medical procedures and protocols, such as forcing pregnant people to undergo ultrasounds and endure waiting periods for no medical reason, as a way to shame them for their personal decisions.
The Women’s Health Protection Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswomen Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
The bill has strong support, with more than 200 co-sponsors in the House and 42 in the Senate. For a full list of the lawmakers who are supporting the Women’s Health Protection Act, you can go here: Senate supporters; House supporters.