09.24.21

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act

Washington, DC – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that codifies the constitutional right to an abortion upheld in Roe v. Wade, creates federal protections against state laws that fail to protect women’s access to reproductive health care and that intrude upon personal decision-making, and prohibits medically unwarranted restrictions that single out abortion services or the facilities that provide them. 

“A woman’s freedom to choose and make her own decisions about her own body is under attack, but today, my colleagues and I took decisive action to defend that freedom by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “Weeks ago, the Texas legislature passed SB8, a catastrophic piece of legislation that bans abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant – with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Unfortunately, this is just one of the many radical assaults on women’s rights that are taking place across the country and disproportionately impacting women of color and women from low-income communities. This has to stop. The Women’s Health Protection Act codifies Roe v. Wade and protects women at the federal level from extreme state laws that threaten their ability to receive an abortion. I urge the Senate to further advance this bill so that it may become the law of the land and protect reproductive health care for women nationwide.”

  

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