Roe v. Wade Isn’t Enough

Category: Abortion, State Fights, Congress

Tags: Roe v. Wade, Abortion restrictions, WHPA, Women's Health Protection Act, Guttmacher Institute, Roe at 41

Today, we’re celebrating 41 years of Roe v. Wade as the law of the land.  That’s 41 years of women being able to decide on their own health care — including abortion — without interference from lawmakers. But celebrating isn’t enough. 

In the last few years, women’s health has been under attack, with politicians looking to chip away at this constitutional right.  In fact, a recent report from the Guttmacher Institute shows the extent of the attacks on women’s health.  According to the report, more than half of women of reproductive age are living in states where access to abortion is being restricted by their state legislatures.  The last three years alone have seen more attacks on women’s health and rights than the entire previous decade.

Abortion Restrictions Since 1993

Total Restrictions Passed Per Year
Aggregate Restrictions Passed Per Year
Source: Guttmacher Institute

Not only are these attacks wrong, but they are vastly unpopular across the political spectrum.  A 2013 nationwide poll showed that voters think these are the wrong issues for Congress to focus on — Republicans (62 percent), Democrats (78 percent), and Independents (71 percent) — a report out earlier this week indicates that some Republican leaders are encouraging candidates and the party itself to double down on their opposition to access to safe and legal abortion.

So if the mere fact that most people believe Roe v. Wade should be the law of the land isn’t enough, we need to go on offense. That’s why the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) was introduced, to help stop these underhanded attacks on women’s health and rights.  By prohibiting laws and regulations that impose restrictions on abortion that don’t apply to other medical procedures and don’t advance women’s health and safety, it would eliminate laws like the 20-week bans that have passed in Texas, Louisiana, and Indiana — and even the draconian 6-week ban in North Dakota. 

The Women’s Health Protection Act would go a long way to protecting a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions, and on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re celebrating by renewing our commitment to protecting this right, and call on Congress to pass WHPA.

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