NWLC Comments on the Senate’s Failure to Pass the Women’s Health Protection Act

(Washington, D.C.) Today, anti-abortion senators blocked consideration of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) after the House of Representatives passed it in September 2021. WHPA is federal legislation that would create a federal safeguard against abortion bans and medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion. 

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): 

“Anti-abortion senators have denied the needs and will of the majority of people in this country by blocking a critical bill that would protect access to abortion. The vote comes at a time when anti-abortion politicians and extremists across the country are eroding the right to control our bodies, lives, and futures. As we approach the six-month mark since the Texas abortion ban was put into place – and face an extremist Supreme Court majority who will likely overturn or severely gut Roe v. Wade – access to abortion grows more precarious by the day. We commend those champions who pushed this bill forward in the Senate – this moment requires urgent action from everyone, including Congress, state and municipal governments, local communities, and the White House. We renew our call on the Biden administration to continue their fight for abortion access by marshaling all of the government’s resources in the pursuit of freedom, autonomy, and justice.