- The issue: Since 2011, state lawmakers have passed nearly 500 abortion bans and restrictions. These oppressive laws most harm women, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); those working to make ends meet; members of the LGBTQI+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
- The good news: The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) would create a new tool for safeguarding access to high-quality care and securing constitutional rights by protecting patients and providers from this dangerous political interference. The bill passed the House in a historic vote on September 24, and now awaits Senate approval.
- Our task: Urge your senators to pass WHPA. Even though the bill may not pass this year, it’s important to get our lawmakers on the record about supporting access to abortion.
As Jews, we believe in the power of compassion to build a just and fair society. A compassionate nation ensures equal access to quality, timely health care for everyone. Equal access to abortion nationwide will allow individuals to achieve their social and economic goals, and promote reproductive and moral autonomy and the right to determine our own lives. WHPA passed the House in a historic vote on September 24, 2021, and must pass the Senate to become law. This will not be an easy task, as it has been many years since the Senate voted on abortion legislation, let alone passed a bill to protect and advance abortion access. As a community, we must call on the Senate to pass WHPA to protect access to abortion and to help us build a society where all women, children, and families can thrive in our communities with dignity.
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