NOW Hails Reintroduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes  

WASHINGTON, DC–Since the U.S. Supreme Court took away the constitutional right to abortion care in the Dobbs decision, states are rushing to pass more bans and restrictions, with 25 states expected to enact them soon.  It is truly a dark age for women’s reproductive health care rights.   

That’s why it’s so important that Congress passes the Women’s Health Protection Act, that will be reintroduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 23.  We urgently need a federal law that codifies the right to abortion at the national level, free from attacks on bodily autonomy and reproductive health.  

And abortion bans are part of the systemic oppression faced by many women of color that are rooted in racism, white supremacy, and other forms of discrimination. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. will have an abortion in their lifetime, but some politicians and partisan judges want to take away their most basic health care rights. The Women’s Health Protection Act will ensure that they can’t get away with these outrageous attacks on our bodily autonomy   

The current court fight in Texas over medication abortion is the latest example of how deep and widespread these attacks have grown—and a reminder of how much we need federal protections for abortion rights. 

NOW members thank the champions who introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act in the House and who are fighting for equal access to abortion care, everywhere. Every day without Congressional action to protect abortion rights makes this public health crisis worse—and puts more lives at risk. We will work diligently to help pass the Women’s Health Protection Act—NOW! 

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