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Rep. DeFazio Votes to Protect Women’s Reproductive Health

Sep 24, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would fully protect Roe v. Wade under law, guaranteeing equal access to reproductive health care for all Americans.

“Reproductive healthcare rights are under threat across the country. The far-right Supreme Court majority is set to consider a full reversal of Roe v. Wade this fall, threatening the rights of millions of American women,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I have always said that reproductive health care decisions are incredibly difficult and personal and should be made only by the woman and her spouse, companion, minister, physician, or whatever counsel she chooses.  The federal government has no place in this process. The Women’s Health Protection Act, which I voted for today, will enshrine Roe as the law of the land and protect the healthcare rights of millions of American women.”

On September 1, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the implementation of an extreme and dangerous Texas abortion law that outlaws abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy – before most women realize they are pregnant—and with no exception for rape or incest. It even deputizes private citizens to bring lawsuits against healthcare providers and individuals they believe have helped a woman access reproductive health care. This law threatens the constitutional right to choose and decades of precedent.

Just this year, over 500 bills have been introduced in states across the country that would restrict the ability of Americans to get the health care they need. The Women’s Health Protection Act would establish the federal statutory right for healthcare providers to provide abortion care, and the federal statutory right for patients to receive it, free from unnecessary state bans and restrictions crafted to impede or block access to care.

The landmark legislation guarantees the right to access reproductive health care, free from political interference, no matter where someone lives in the United States.