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.