Women's Health Protection Act explained as Roe v. Wade comes under likely threat

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Women's Health Protection Act explained as Roe v. Wade comes under likely threat

Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in Washington, D.C

From ABC News | Politicsby Nadine El-Bawab

As a leaked draft opinion of a Supreme Court ruling shows a conservative majority of justices appear poised to overturn federal protections of abortion rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday the Senate will hold a procedural vote to begin debate on the Women's Health Protection Act next week.

WHPA is a bill that aims to codify Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that grants protections for a woman's right to abortion, at the federal level. The bill prohibits governmental restrictions on access to abortion services, according to the Congressional Research Service.

"WHPA is a response to the last decade, where anti-abortion lawmakers and states have passed more than 500 restrictions and bans on abortion care," Leila Abolfazli, the director of federal reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center, told ABC News.

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