01.09.2023 – (PRESS STATEMENT) Tonight, House Democrats attempted to bring the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) for a vote as their first official action of the 118th Congress. However, they did not receive enough votes to bring the legislation to the floor.
Statement from Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“Tonight, House Democrats led by Rep. Judy Chu, used their first official action of the 118th Congress to send a resounding message that the legal right to reproductive autonomy is a top priority. It remains critical that federal action be taken to restore access to abortion care across the nation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s disgraceful Dobbs decision.”
Abortion is currently completely unavailable in 14 states. WHPA is federal legislation that would re-establish a nationwide right to abortion. It creates a statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care, and a right for their patients to receive that care, free from bans and medically unnecessary restrictions that single out abortion and impede access.
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