Congressman Lowenthal Statement On House Passage Of The Women’s Health Protection Act

September 24, 2021
Press Release
Legislation codifies reproductive rights protections set out in the Roe v. Wade decision

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement on the House passage of the Women's Health Protection Act:

“Today, I proudly voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which when passed by the Senate and signed by President Biden, will once and for all block all ongoing and future attempts to eliminate a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion care. This legislation codifies the protections set out in the Roe v. Wade decision and safeguards health care providers’ ability to deliver abortion services free from medically unnecessary and onerous restrictions.

“Earlier this month, the most restrictive abortion ban in the country was enacted in Texas, making access to abortion nearly impossible for millions of women and incentivizing vigilantes to take the law into their own hands. Other states have already stated that the Texas law will guide their own anti-choice efforts. Later this fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case aiming to overturn Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 Supreme Court decision affirming that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right for all women. The reproductive rights of millions of Americans—basic human rights—are under assault and it is imperative that we act now to head off these attacks, before decades of hard-earned progress made to advance reproductive rights for millions of Americans are lost.

“The decision of whether to seek abortion services is deeply personal and should take place between a woman and her doctor. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action and pass this legislation to permanently protect the right to access safe reproductive care.”