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DelBene Joins House Democrats in Advancing National Abortion Rights Protections

Washington, D.C., September 24, 2021

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755), legislation that would protect a woman’s right to abortion across the United States, with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) support.

On September 1, the Supreme Court allowed a radical six-week abortion ban to go into effect in Texas. Many states have promised to take up similar legislation following the court’s decision. The Supreme Court is separately scheduled to hear oral arguments on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban on December 1, a case directly designed to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Abortion is health care. It is time to end the relentless string of assaults on abortion rights by making Roe the law of the land through federal statute,” said DelBene. “This legislation will not only secure the right to abortion but protect access across the country by prohibiting states from implementing medically-unnecessary abortion restrictions. Time is of the essence with the Supreme Court set to consider a direct challenge to abortion rights in December, and the Senate must quickly take up this bill.”

DelBene hosted a press conference with Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates — Washington and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (WA-08) on the urgent need to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act last week. DelBene also spoke on the floor in strong favor of passage. Her floor speech can be viewed here.

More information about the Women’s Health Protection Act can be found here.