On Monday, February 28, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), H.R. 3755, a bill that would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. Although a version of this bill has been filed in Congress for decades, this will be the first time it is taken up for a vote in the Senate. The House passed the bill in September of last year for the first time. It is not expected to pass the Senate, as there are not sixty votes to overcome a filibuster.
In addition to enshrining a right to abortion nationwide, the WHPA would eliminate pro-life laws at every level of government -- the federal, state, and local level -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. It would force all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars. It would also likely force health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion.
Archbishop Lori and Cardinal Dolan recently expressed opposition and asked the Senate to oppose H.R. 3755. The USCCB and the MCC are also asking individuals to contact their Senators to voice their opposition to the WHPA. If you have not already done so, you can contact your Senate delegation via our website.