Act for Women is a national campaign that unites organizations in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act—federal legislation designed to enforce and protect the right of every woman to decide for herself whether to continue or end a pregnancy, regardless of where she lives.
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Reproductive rights in the U. S. are under attack.
Between 2011-2016, states enacted over 350 new restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion. This has led to an unprecedented and dramatic loss of reproductive health services due to these sham laws designed to eliminate access to reproductive health care—all under the guise of protecting women’s health.
Courts across the country have stepped in to strike down these underhanded laws down as unconstitutional—the most recent victory being the historic U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which put an end to clinic shutdown laws and preserved access for millions of women in Texas. However, this growing health care crisis demands action not only from our nation’s highest court, but also from our elected officials. After years of these relentless assaults on women’s health, safety, and constitutional rights, it’s about time we had a federal law that puts our health and rights first.
A Proactive Response
The Act for Women campaign unites organizations committed to reproductive health, rights and justice to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act as a federal legislative response to a growing national crisis in access to abortion care.
Act for Women is a critical effort to ensure our elected officials are doing their part to protect our constitutional rights from not just clinic shutdown laws—but from a range of laws aimed at blocking women’s access to safe and legal abortion services and shaming women for their health care decisions.
Access to a constitutionally guaranteed right should not depend on one’s zip code. To secure quality reproductive health care for all, the Act for Women campaign will:
- Raise awareness among federal policymakers and committed supporters of reproductive health, rights, and justice of the assault on access to abortion care as a national crisis, and not one limited to a few states.
- Position the federal Women’s Health Protection Act as a critical policy response to the abortion access crisis in public discourse around reproductive health and rights.
- Make clear to federal and state lawmakers that the Women’s Health Protection Act is a top priority of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements—and demonstrate our unity and broad-based support.
While the primary focus of this campaign is maintaining access to safe and legal abortion care, we recognize that the fight does not end there. Women of color, young women, transgender and gender non-conforming persons, low-income people, and immigrant communities often encounter additional barriers to obtaining health services. We support and encourage parallel efforts to remove all obstacles to accessing affordable, nondiscriminatory, and quality sexual and reproductive health care.