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Supervisors Urge Passage of Women’s Health Protection Act

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County Board Chair John Hendrick, 608.446.4842

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/6/2014

Issued By: County Board Supervisors
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Several Dane County Supervisors have sponsored a resolution urging the State to repeal all laws restricting abortion and urging the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and sponsored by Representative Mark Pocan.

 

The Women’s Health Protection Act would prevent states from enacting so-called “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers” (TRAP) laws, which don’t prohibit abortion directly but which do place restrictions on clinics that provide abortions, such as requiring doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges or perform medically unnecessary ultrasounds.

 

“Anti-choice legislation is cropping up all over the country, and it needs to stop,” said Supervisor Jenni Dye, a lead sponsor of the County resolution. “The Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure that your rights to access reproductive health care do not depend on what your zip code is. Congress needs to act now.”

 

“The Supreme Court is clear. No state can restrict a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion,” said Supervisor Leland Pan, who also sponsored the resolution. “Far-right anti-choice legislators all across the country are trying to undermine the law making abortion services difficult or impossible to provide. They’re fooling no one, and Congress should tell them that loud and clear.”

 

The resolution will be voted on by the County Board’s Executive Committee and, if it passes committee, by the full County Board this evening.

 

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