Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a groundbreaking piece of proactive, pro-choice legislation: the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would create much-needed federal protections against state-level restrictions on reproductive rights.
“Every woman has her own unique circumstances and must be able to make personal medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion, without political interference.… As physicians, we work every day to make sure our patients receive the high-quality health care they need in a safe, respectful environment. We need the Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure that all women have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, regardless of where they live. It is critical to the lives and health of our patients that this bill passes.”
Read the entire testimony here.
In addition, our board member Dr. Willie Parker (pictured at right, with Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO Nancy Northup, who also testified) testified on behalf of the women he serves in Mississippi, where there now is only one clinic at which women can access safe, legal abortion care. Speaking about his work, Dr. Parker testified:
“I want for women what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute. We know that when women have access to abortion, contraception, and medically accurate sex education, they thrive. It should be the same for all women, no matter where they live.”
On June 30, the United States Supreme Court ignored the science of birth control and the medical needs of women when it sided with for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby. Five justices allowed these companies to deny essential health care that was promised in the Affordable Care Act.
In response to this, Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall and Representatives Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, and Jerry Nadler introduced legislation that restores access to birth control for all women: The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, known informally as the Not My Boss’ Business Act.
The Not My Boss’ Business Act will make it illegal for any company to deny their workers specific health benefits that are required to be covered under federal law, including birth control. This Act will make it clear that bosses cannot discriminate against their female employees, ensuring equal treatment under the law for the tens of thousands of workers whose coverage hangs in the balance.
Tell your members of Congress today to take action on the Not My Boss’ Business Act! And please spread the message on Facebook and Twitter by downloading and sharing this graphic featuring our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood.