As the Supreme Court prepares to hear June Medical Services v. Gee, the first abortion case of the Kavanaugh era, the fight for reproductive health, rights, and justice is now more important than ever. Should the Court disregard its own precedent set in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and uphold a Louisiana Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law forcing providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, it will signal that states are free to legislate abortion rights out of existence. Since 2010, state lawmakers have passed over 400 restrictions constraining access to safe and legal abortion. What’s more, nearly 30 abortion bans have been introduced, passed, or signed into law in 2019 alone, pushing basic health care out of reach for those living in poverty and in rural areas, people of color, LGBTQ people, and young people across the nation.
The Women’s Health Protection Act, reintroduced on May 23 by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would put an end to TRAP laws and unconstitutional abortion bans, guaranteeing providers the right to deliver care free from these medically unnecessary restrictions. Importantly, this critical legislation also establishes a new test for courts to apply when considering whether a requirement impedes access to abortion services in violation of WHPA.
In the face of uncertainty at the Court, now is the time for your lawmakers to cement their support for every single person’s constitutional right to make their own moral and faith-informed decisions about abortion. Urge your lawmakers to cosponsor WHPA and to ask for a hearing on the bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.