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Pascrell Blasts Blockade of Women’s Health Protection Act

Legislation would codify Roe v. Wade protections into law

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today harshly criticized unified Senate Republican opposition of the Women’s Health Protection Act. Pascrell voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act when it passed the House last September.

“A woman’s health care must be guided solely by her own decisions in private consultation with her doctor. No judges or politicians should have their hands on a woman’s bodily decisions,” said Rep. Pascrell. “For the last 48 years, women in America have enjoyed these rights as settled law. The Women’s Health Protection Act would codify Roe v. Wade into hard law where it belongs.

“The imminent Supreme Court decision that could end Roe v. Wade will endanger the health of millions American women, especially women of color and impoverished women. Already, at least 22 states are finalizing laws to criminalize a woman’s control of her own body. Outcomes that threaten women’s health care and would lead to criminal charges against women and medical providers are unacceptable in a civilized society. President Biden has vowed to sign this essential piece of legislation. Republicans’ unified blockade of this policy supported by a supermajority of Americans is radical, extremist, and just plain wrong.”

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