House Passes Women’s Health Protection Act: “Abortion With Dignity and Without Barriers”

On Friday, three weeks after the state of Texas passed the most extreme abortion ban in U.S. history, the House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)—federal legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade in law and establish the legal right to abortion in all 50 states under federal law.

Friday’s vote was 218–211, with Democrat—Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas—joining all Republicans in opposing the measure. The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate unless Democrats move to eliminate or reform the filibuster.