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Rep. Chu Reintroduces Women’s Health Protection Act

January 21, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to take the offensive against state laws that curb a woman’s legal right to abortion, Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and Lois Frankel (FL-22) introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in the House of Representatives today. The Senate companion bill was introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Tammy Baldwin (WI). The bill, which has 70 original cosponsors in the House, would prevent States from restricting access to abortion without a clear benefit to women’s health. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“A woman’s rights should not change according to her zip code. Yet that is the reality today when it comes to her right to choose. I am proud to reintroduce the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would put an end to the actions taken by states to deny women access to safe and legal abortions. Our laws should put women’s health and safety first – not politics.”

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin – intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to reproductive health services such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors have deemed unnecessary or preventing doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication as is medically appropriate. Other examples of laws that make it more difficult for a woman to access an abortion include: restrictions on medical training for future abortion providers, requirements concerning the physical layout of clinics where abortions are performed, and forced waiting periods for patients.

The text of the bill can be found here.

A summary of the bill can be found here.