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U.S. House Responds to Dobbs Ruling with Radical Abortion Bills

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last month, the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced and passed two radical pro-abortion bills. H.R. 8296 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 would attempt to codify in federal law what the Supreme Court just overturned in its Dobbs ruling: an almost absolute right to abortion. H.R. 8297 – Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 would prohibit the implementation or enforcement of any state law that “may prevent, restrict, or impede, or retaliate against” the access to obtaining abortion services or drugs in or from a state where they are legal.

As NC Family reported last year, the 2021 version of H.R. 8296 passed the U.S. House but was defeated in the Senate. This version of the bill is nearly identical. Along with striking down nearly every state-level pro-life law already on the books, the bill would prohibit state and local governments from:

  • Banning abortions before fetal viability or after viability when a provider—the abortionist—determines the pregnancy risks the patient’s life or health. (“Health,” in this case, is very broadly defined);
  • Limiting an abortionist’s ability to prescribe certain drugs or offer abortion services via telemedicine;
  • Singling out or impeding access to abortion, unless it advances the “safety” of abortion services.

Please contact NC Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and urge them to OPPOSE H.R. 8296–Women’s Health Protection Act and H.R. 8297–Ensuring Access to Abortion Act

Senator Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154

Senator Thom Tillis: (202) 224-6342

The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 passed the House by a 219-210 vote along party lines last week. The Ensuring Access to Abortion Act passed by a wider margin of 223-205, with three Republicans voting for the measure. As was the case last year, it is unlikely these bills will pass the U.S. Senate, as 60 votes are needed to end a filibuster; the Senate makeup is 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and 2 Independents.


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