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Rep. Bass Votes To Pass Women's Health Protection Act of 2021

September 24, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) voted to pass the Women's Health Protection Act of 2021, which would guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere and would prevent extreme anti-choice laws like the recent bans passed in Texas and Mississippi.

"The Supreme Court has given the greenlight to the most restrictive ban on abortion we've ever seen – banning abortions before many people even know they’re pregnant. I am proud to fight back with this vote," said Rep. Bass. "What's happening in state legislatures across the country is dangerous. I will always stand up for women's rights and I thank my friend Judy Chu for her leadership on this issue." 

“Today’s historic vote has been a long time coming,” said Rep. Chu, lead sponsor of WHPA. “For decades, Roe v. Wade has guaranteed everyone the right to access safe abortion care, regardless of background. And for decades, anti-abortion extremists have been devising new ways to put that right out of reach. That has left many – mainly low-income people of color – left to fear that every new anti-choice law could be the one that finally puts abortion access out of reach for them, or their daughters. That is why we are fighting back to put a stop to these attacks once and for all. With today’s historic vote, we are ensuring that access to abortion care is a right, no matter where you live. This is a choice about our bodies and our lives that must be left to us and our doctors, not to right-wing politicians.”