Human Rights Campaign Applauds House Passage of Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, Urges Swift Action in Senate

by Henry Berg-Brousseau

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, praised today’s passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 (WHPA) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The WHPA is federal legislation that would protect a person’s ability to control their reproductive health and protect health care practitioners’ ability to provide abortion services. HRC urges the U.S. Senate to also pass the WHPA to ensure equal access to reproductive healthcare, regardless of state-level laws restricting access to abortion to protect individual’s reproductive autonomy.

Following House passage, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof issued the following statement:

“The Human Rights Campaign praises the House’s passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, which sends a strong signal about the importance of protecting equal access to abortion care everywhere. Everyone deserves equal access to reproductive healthcare — including those who already face significant barriers to obtaining healthcare such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous individuals, the LGBTQ+ community, those living in rural areas, the young, the low income and those with disabilities. It’s imperative that the Senate take swift action on WHPA to ensure that the right to reproductive freedom does not just exist on paper, but is truly accessible for all those who need it.”

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