The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 217/H.R. 448) is a federal bill that would prohibit states from imposing restrictions on abortion that apply to no similar medical care, interfere with patient’s personal decision making, and block access to safe, legal abortion care.
The Act would prohibit state and federal politicians from imposing a range of dangerous anti-choice provisions. This includes:
- clinic shutdown laws imposing regulations that grossly exceed what is necessary to ensure high standards of patient safety and quality of care;
- restrictions on women’s ability to safely access medication abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy;
- state-mandated medical procedures and protocols, such as forcing women to undergo ultrasounds and endure waiting periods for no medical reason as a way to shame women for their personal decisions;
- bans on abortion prior to viability that violate the constitutional rights confirmed by Roe v. Wade.
The Women’s Health Protection Act was first introduced by champions Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in November 2013; it was reintroduced in January 2015. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is a lead cosponsor in the Senate, and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) are lead cosponsors in the House of Representatives.