(WHPA) is a federal bill that would protect the right to abortion by creating a safeguard against restrictions on abortion that apply to no similar medical care. These restrictions interfere with patients’ personal decision-making and block access to safe, legal abortion care.
The Act would stop extremist politicians from:
- banning abortion prior to viability in direct violation of constitutional rights confirmed by Roe v. Wade;
- creating regulations that grossly exceed what is necessary to ensure high standards of patient safety and quality of care, and are meant to close clinics;
- restricting women’s ability to safely access medication abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy;
- imposing state-mandated medical procedures and protocols, such as forcing women to undergo ultrasounds and endure waiting periods for no medical reason, as a way to shame women for their personal decisions.
The Women’s Health Protection Act was first introduced in 2017 by champions Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is a lead cosponsor in the Senate, and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) are lead cosponsors in the House of Representatives.