VIDEO: Women’s Health Protection Act Passes House; Underwood Delivers Floor Speech Urging Congress to Protect Reproductive Freedom

September 24, 2021
Press Release

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is a landmark bill that guarantees the right to access abortion nationwide and aims to codify Roe V Wade

WASHINGTON – Today, following the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) delivered a speech on the House floor on the critical importance of protecting reproductive freedom in America. The House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) , which protects the right to access abortion in every state. Underwood urged her colleagues in the House to join her in protecting access to reproductive health care for all.

When people have access to a full range of health care services, including the full spectrum of reproductive health and maternity care, they are healthier and their families thrive,” said Underwood. “The legislation that House Democrats passed today will protect access to health care and reproductive rights for all Americans. It ensures that going forward, we all have the freedom to control our own bodies, safely care for our families, and live with dignity.”

A video of Underwood's floor speech can be found here.

The Women’s Health Protection Act would establish the federal statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care, and the corresponding right for patients to receive that care, free from unnecessary state bans and restrictions intended to impede or block this access. The bill is landmark legislation that guarantees access abortion care, free from political interference, no matter where someone lives.