Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted to take bold action and pass two pieces of legislation in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
"Last fall, I signed onto an amicus brief for Dobbs, urging the Supreme Court to uphold the precent in Roe v. Wade and protect a woman's right to choose. Despite our efforts to protect safe and legal abortion access, the conservative Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, achieving the GOPs' long-time and extreme goal of ripping away a woman's right to make her own decisions," said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). "This ruling reversed nearly 50 years of judicial precedent, leading to immediate abortion bans in at least nine states and more bans expected soon. This decision will have dangerous impacts and threatens the lives of women across the country."
Today, Rep. McEachin voted in support of the Women's Health Protection Act to ensure Americans' right to make their own health decisions, and the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act to reaffirm the right to freely travel throughout the country to access reproductive care.
"A woman's fundamental health decisions are her own to make, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones -- not to be dictated by far-right politicians," continued Rep. McEachin (VA-04). "Today's legislation would protect Americans from this assault on their well-being -- enshrining the protections of Roe into federal law and cracking down on right-wing threats to legal reproductive care. I am committed to preserving the rights of every American, and I will continue fighting to defend health freedoms from these sinister attacks."
In response to this extremist assault on reproductive freedom, the House again passed the Women's Health Protection Act to enshrine Roe v. Wade into federal law. Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), a member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3755, the Women's Health Protection Act, and voted to pass it out of the House last fall. This bill will restore the right to an abortion nationwide -- upholding all Americans' freedom to make their own health care decisions as well as providers' freedom to provide abortion care. This bill would supersede state legislation -- voiding all state-level abortion bans throughout the country.
The House also advanced the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act -- addressing extremist Republicans' attempts to restrict Americans' freedom of movement. This legislation will prohibit any attempt under state law to:
impede an individual from crossing state lines to obtain a legal abortion
interfere with a health care provider's ability to offer legal reproductive care
restrict individuals from helping others to seek a legal abortion
obstruct the transportation of FDA-approved abortion medication.