Broad Coalition Urges Passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act
The Center for Reproductive Rights today joined a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations in a digital campaign urging Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, federal legislation that would protect abortion access nationwide.
In a digital showing of solidarity, the coalition of organizations in the Act for Women campaign used their social media platforms to call on Congress to bring the Women’s Health Protection Act to a vote.
Spearheaded by the Center, the Act for Women campaign is a coalition of organizations committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice, including faith groups, health providers, and reproductive justice organizations.
The Women’s Health Protection Act would establish a statutory right for health care providers to provide, and their patients to receive, abortion care free from medically unnecessary restrictions, limitations, and bans that delay, and at times, completely obstruct access to abortion.
In February, Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center, testified in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. In her testimony, Northup described the growing crisis in abortion access caused by hundreds of state-level laws restricting abortion care and urged Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Northup said:
The Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure that the right to abortion first recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade is a day-to-day reality for people in the United States, no matter what state they happen to live in.
The Women’s Health Protection Act was introduced in the House by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) on May 23, 2019. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced an identical bill in the Senate.
For more details about the Women’s Health Protection Act, visit ActForWomen.org.