Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is federal legislation that would protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States by creating a safeguard against bans and medically unnecessary restrictions.

U.S. House Again Passes Bill to Protect Abortion Rights 

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. House passes the Women’s Health Protection Act.

U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Abortion Rights Legislation 

The U.S. Senate once again failed to enshrine the right to abortion into federal law, falling short of the votes needed to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) toward passage.

In Wake of Leaked Draft Opinion in Supreme Court Case, U.S. Senate to Take Second Vote on Bill to Protect Abortion Rights

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect the right to access abortion in every state—even if the Supreme Court weakens or overturns Roe.

Efforts to Advance Women’s Health Protection Act Continue After Bill Falls Short of Passage in Historic Senate Vote  

Today, the U.S. Senate voted on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in the first-ever Senate vote on proactive legislation to enshrine the right to abortion in federal law. The bill—which is supported by a majority of voters in the U.S and was passed by the U.S. House in September—did not receive the 60 votes needed […]

Abortion-Rights Bill Blocked in U.S. Senate

Multiple media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Vox and more, reported on the U.S. Senate’s failure to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). The Center is a long-time advocate of the federal bill, which would have created nationwide protections for abortion in the U.S. WHPA is especially crucial […]

U.S. Senate to Vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act February 28

The federal bill, already passed in the House, would protect the right to access abortion in every state.

Roe at 49: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Allow More States to Ban Abortion?

As the Court allows Texas to end most abortion access, almost half the U.S. states are ready to ban abortion if Roe is gutted.

Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Calls Attention to Potential Harms of Overturning Ruling

Ebony quoted Breana Lipscomb, the Center’s Senior Advisor for Maternal Health and Rights, on the harms Black women would face if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. If Roe falls, Lipscomb explains, “Pregnant Black women who have abortions will face fewer safe options and higher risks of criminalization and punishment. It will be another […]

In Historic Vote, U.S House Passes Women’s Health Protection Act

In an historic step forward for abortion rights and access, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in the first ever congressional vote on proactive, standalone legislation to protect abortion rights. The bill, passed by a 218-211 vote, safeguards abortion access from state-level bans and restrictions.   “The House has stepped in where the courts have failed us,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of […]