The Women’s Health Protection Act (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 is sponsored 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. The bill has strong support, as 170 additional members of the House signed on for re-introduction, and 42 additional Senators. For a full list of the lawmakers who are supporting the Women’s Health Protection Act, you can go here: Senate supporters; House supporters.

For full text of the bill for both the Senate and the House, click here.