The House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act Friday, weeks after Texas enacted a near-total ban on abortions and as the Supreme Court is set to consider a challenge to Roe v. Wade later this year. This is California Congressmember Jackie Speier.
Rep. Jackie Speier: “We are not vessels for men to inject their sperm into and then walk away with no consequences. This is my body, not yours. Many on the other side of the aisle whine about the freedom that they have lost by having to wear masks, and yet you want to take my freedom to control my body away from me.”
The legislation would enshrine patients’ right to terminate a pregnancy, and protect providers from state laws that seek to ban abortions. The bill, however, is not expected to pass in the evenly divided Senate.