The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on cloture on H.R. 3755/S. 1975, the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act,” on Monday, Feb. 28, when members return to Washington, D.C., from recess. The bill was introduced in the 117th Session of the U.S. Congress on June 8, 2021, and would enshrine into law abortion-on-demand and would overturn existing pro-life laws and prevent new protective laws from being enacted at the state and federal levels. This bill seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development.
This bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress by pro-abortion Representatives and Senators since 2013. There is increased focus on this legislation this year after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, on the question of whether all prohibitions on abortions performed pre-viability are unconstitutional.
The bill passed the House on Sept. 24, 2021, by a partisan vote of 218-211. All Democratic and Independent Senators, except Sens. Manchin (D-WV) and Casey (D-PA) have signed on as co-authors.
If the bill receives the required 60 votes to move forward and then passes the Senate, it would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion and prohibit states from adopting new limitations in the future, including various types of laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court. The WHPA would also invalidate most previously enacted federal limits on abortion, including federal conscience protection laws and most, if not all, limits on government funding of abortion.
For instance, the WHPA would:
Life-affirming laws such as the ones mentioned above generally have broad public support in the states in which they are enacted, including support from substantial majorities of women.
According to pro-abortion groups, if this law is enacted, abortion-on-demand would be allowed in all 50 states, even if Roe vs. Wade is weakened or overturned. Elective abortion would become the procedure that must always be facilitated — never delayed, never impeded to the slightest degree.