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Taking the offensive against state laws that curb a woman’s legal right to abortion, Representative Judy Chu is one of the sponsors of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). The bill, which has 70 original cosponsors in the House, would prevent States from restricting access to abortion without a clear benefit to women’s health.

5-29-13-Gynotician-Graphic-1200pxIt is work that has put Representative Chu in the forefront of the effort to protect women’s health and the fight against “gynoticians” — a term coined to describe politicians who feel more qualified than women and their doctors to make decisions about women’s health care — and we are delighted to welcome her to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, April 19th.

“A woman’s rights should not change according to her zip code,” said Representative Chu. “ Yet that is the reality today when it comes to her right to choose. I am proud to reintroduce the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would put an end to the actions taken by states to deny women access to safe and legal abortions. Our laws should put women’s health and safety first – not politics.”

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin – intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to reproductive health services such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors have deemed unnecessary or preventing doctors from prescribing and dispensing medication as is medically appropriate.

Other examples of laws that make it more difficult for a woman to access an abortion include: restrictions on medical training for future abortion providers, requirements concerning the physical layout of clinics where abortions are performed, and forced waiting periods for patients.

Join us on Sunday, April 19th at 10:15 a.m. for this important and informative Rector’s Forum. Directions and parking info here.
And if you can’t be with us in person, join us via live-stream here
For more information, call 626.796.1172

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