In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, now is the time for your lawmakers to cement their support for every person’s constitutional right to make their own moral and faith-informed decisions about abortion.
Since 2011, state lawmakers have passed nearly 450 restrictions constraining access to safe and legal abortion. What’s more, 58 abortion restrictions were signed into law in 2019, pushing basic health care out of reach for those living in poverty and in rural areas, Black communities and people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and young people across the nation.
The Women’s Health Protection Act — reintroduced on May 23, 2019, by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — would put an end to targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws and unconstitutional abortion bans, guaranteeing providers the right to deliver care, free from these medically unnecessary restrictions. Significantly, 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. Lawmakers on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health recognized the vital importance of this bill by holding the first proactive hearing on domestic abortion access legislation in almost 30 years on February 12, 2020.
We need a federal tool to ensure access to high-quality care across the US and to secure our constitutional rights. Urge your lawmakers to pass WHPA today!