WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony almost entirely in favor of the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which is designed to remove all legal protections for unborn children on both the federal and state level.
Over 100 pro-abortion organizations support the Women’s Health Protection Act because it would expand abortion on demand and remove or nullify protective pro-life laws at both the federal and state level.
“The so-called Women’s Health Protection Act does nothing to protect women or their unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Calling it the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with what this legislation is. It is a gift to pro-abortion groups and their allies, a wish list of proposals not supported by the public.”
Tobias added, “Pro-abortion Democrats are more than willing to push abortion on demand, at any time in pregnancy and at taxpayer expense. Democrats have yet to hear of an abortion-expansion bill they didn’t like.”
Among the many erroneous comments made at the hearing, one stands out. When asked by Chairman Richard Blumenthal if a medical (chemical) abortion can be stopped once the woman has taken the first dose, a witness claimed there is “no evidence” to support abortion pill reversal. That would be huge surprise to the mothers of more than 2000 children alive today because those mothers changed their minds, sought the abortion pill reversal treatment, and chose life for their babies.
Testimony included statements by an abortionist, lawyers, and an abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden.
Ms. Ohden pointed out in her testimony that, “Life is the foundation of all other rights. The very fact that this hearing is being held shows that everyone in this room was granted the privilege to retain that right—a privilege I was denied.”
Among the protective laws that the bill would nullify:
- Requirements to provide women seeking abortion with specific information on their unborn child and on alternatives to abortion;
- Laws providing reflection periods (waiting periods);
- Laws allowing medical professionals to opt-out of providing abortions;
- Laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians;
- Bans on elective abortion after 20 weeks when an unborn child is capable of feeling pain;
- Bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection. These anti-sex selection laws generally have broad public support in the states in which they are enacted, including support from substantial majorities of women.
The bill would also invalidate most previously enacted federal limits on abortion, that would include federal conscience protection laws and most, if not all, limits on government funding of abortion.
The WHPA has a total of 48 Democratic Caucus co-sponsors in the Senate—all except Sens. Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Casey (D-Pa.)—and 176 total co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats, in the House of Representatives.
“This legislation is so broad and sweeping, it would prevent states from passing any new, protective legislation, including laws that have been found to be constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life.