Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Defend Women's Reproductive Health Freedoms

Press Release

By: Tim Ryan
By: Tim Ryan
Date: July 15, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Abortion

Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted today to pass legislation that helps protect women from draconian state laws such as Ohio's abortion ban that recently forced a 10-year-old Ohioan to travel to Indiana for an abortion after being impregnated by her rapist. The Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act would guarantee that no woman can be prevented or retaliated against for traveling across state lines to obtain a lawful abortion.

The bill is one of two key pieces of legislation Ryan voted to pass today following the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. In addition to voting to protect a woman's right to travel for an abortion, Ryan voted to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, legislation that restores the right to an abortion nationwide ensuring all women--regardless of where they live--can make their own decisions about their lives and their future.

"In Ohio and across the country, we have already begun to witness the horrific consequences of the Supreme Court's disastrous decision to strike down a woman's long-established right to an abortion. But we know this is only the beginning, especially as radical anti-abortion politicians move to pass legislation to criminally charge women and girls who travel out of state for legal abortion services," said Congressman Ryan. "Today, I'm proud to take action to restore a woman's fundamental right to make her own decisions about her body, her health, and her future, and ensure she can travel wherever and whenever she wants to obtain legal reproductive healthcare."

This is the second time Ryan has voted to pass the Women's Health Protection Act in the House of Representatives. Ryan first voted to pass the Women's Health Protection Act in September 2021. The legislation has been updated to address the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs but retains the same statutory mechanism that provides the comprehensive and effective solution to ensuring the right to abortion nationwide.