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Chu, Fellow Reps Introduce Women's Right to Safe Abortion Bill

Chu, Fellow Reps Introduce Women's Right to Safe Abortion Bill

The following news release is provided by U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, who represents a portion of Monrovia.

U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – joined by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and Lois Frankel (FL-22) – Thursday announced the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013.

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin – intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to reproductive health services such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors have deemed unnecessary or preventing doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication as is medically appropriate.

Other examples of laws that make it more difficult for a woman to access an abortion include: restrictions on medical training for future abortion providers, requirements concerning the physical layout of clinics where abortions are performed, and forced waiting periods for patients. The sponsors released the following statements:

Representative Judy Chu (CA-27):

“A woman’s right to choose is meaningless if she’s stripped of her options. State laws eroding access to abortion create unnecessary hurdles and jeopardize women’s health. We’re introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act today to ensure every woman can access safe medical care regardless of where she lives.”


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