Congress to Reintroduce Women’s Health Protection Act

On Tuesday, the Act for Women Campaign alongside Planned Parenthood, National Network of Abortion Funds, and Center of Reproductive Rights, held a briefing on two bills that aim to protect the constitutional and reproductive rights of women nationwide. The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) protects abortion services against medically unnecessary restrictions, and the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act will abolish restrictions on federal coverage for abortion services, and promote affordability. WHPA will be reintroduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and in the House by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA, Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH). Although the bill closely resembles the version introduced in the 115th Congress, this version emphasizes that abortion providers are free to implement services without medically unnecessary restrictions, limitations, or bans that hinders abortion access. The bill ensures that the protections of WHPA would remain, even if Roe v. Wade were overturned. Last month, EACH was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The bill, originally introduced in 2015, would prohibit federal, state and local governments from passing laws that restrict private health insurance companies from offering abortion care, […]

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