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House Passes Women’s Health Protection Act

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine into law the constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States.

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The vote was 218-211 nearly along party lines with one Democrat joining every single GOP lawmaker to vote ‘no.’

The legislation is one of the few means that supporters of reproductive freedom have left to counter the relentless attack on reproductive health that has been waged by the American political right over the last 50 years which shows no signs of abating.

“It is the purpose of this Act to permit health care providers to provide abortion services without limitations or requirements that single out the provision of abortion services for restrictions that are more burdensome than those restrictions imposed on medically comparable procedures, do not significantly advance reproductive health or the safety of abortion services, and make abortion services more difficult to access; to promote access to abortion services and women’s ability to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States; and to invoke Congressional authority, including the powers of Congress under the commerce clause 23 of section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the United States, its powers under section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to enforce the provisions of section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, and its powers under the necessary and proper clause of section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the United States,” the bill states.

Despite its easy passage in the House, the Women’s Health Protection Act is all but doomed in the 50-50 split Senate, where 60 votes are required to avoid a Republican filibuster.

The full text of the bill is available here.



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