SEATTLE – Advocates are calling for federal abortion protections in the wake of new Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Washington State Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-District 1) and Kim Schrier (WA-District 8) said they would support new legislation passed by the House next week.
It’s called the Women’s Health Protection Act and advocates have said it will protect the right to access abortion in the United States, no matter where you live.
“Laws that we’ve seen recently in Texas and Mississippi, but really across the country, have tried to take that right away from women,” Rep. DelBene said. “We will rise next week in the House of Representatives and pass legislation to affirm these rights.”
Samie Detzer, 33, is a patient advocate who shares her personal story to fight for women’s health and abortion rights.
“I haven’t looked back except to celebrate and deeply appreciate my publicly funded health care for my amazing care providers for my life and for my choice,” Detzer said. “What Texas did is unconscionable and absolutely unconstitutional. It is the right of anyone seeking an abortion, regardless of background, the right to receive affordable medical intervention.”
The CEO of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates in Washington state says Texas abortion law sets a dangerous precedent and allows people to sue clinics and individuals for helping someone get an abortion after six weeks.
“We have entered the most dangerous time for abortion rights in decades and it will be up to all of us to fight back,” said Jennifer Allen, CEO of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. “The law allows anyone, including anti-abortion protesters who have no connection to the patient, to act as bounty hunters. This gives them a financial incentive to harass people seeking medical care. abortion.”
This fall, the Supreme Court will hear another abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization out of Mississippi, which DelBene says was deliberately set up to overrule Roe v. Wade.
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