Act protects a woman’s health, her ability to make her own decisions, and her constitutional rights
New York, NY—Today, a coalition of members of Congress* introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act, a federal bill that zeroes in on the invalid health and safety restrictions that single out abortion care and undermine access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care services.
Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, enthusiastically supported the bill:
“All women should be able to make private health care decisions without needless and harmful political intrusion. And as physicians, we should be able to provide our patients with the best possible care, and not be forced to offer inappropriate care that is motivated by distrust of women and doctors.
“In recent years, we have witnessed an unprecedented erosion of reproductive rights and dangerous incursions by politicians dictating how medical care is provided. It’s been maddening to see this happen and witness the harm it does to our patients.
“The Women’s Health Protection Act addresses these egregious attacks by promoting and protecting a woman’s individual constitutional rights, no matter what state she lives in. We welcome its introduction and deeply thank those who have spearheaded it. Such a law will make women in our country safer and will affirm their dignity.”
*Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and Barbara Boxer (D-California); Representatives Judy Chu (D-California), Lois Frankel (D-Florida), and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)