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Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson, North Dakota State Representative Gail Mooney, Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar, and Wisconsin State Representative Chris Taylor are all endorsing the Women’s Health Protection Act. Now they’re calling on lawmakers all across the country like you to join them. Sign on to our letter to Washington below.

Oklahoma Sen. Connie Johnson   North Dakota Rep. Gail Mooney   Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar   Wisconsin Rep. Chris Taylor
“We are seeing enactment of more and more measures that adversely affect women.”   “[These decisions] are an intensely personal matter that should be left to women, their familes, and their doctors.”   “They're playing political games with women's health and it's unacceptable.”   “They are jeopardizing the health and lives of Wisconsin women with bills that take us back decades.”
Oklahoma Sen.
Constance Johnson
  North Dakota Rep.
Gail Mooney
  Texas Rep.
Jessica Farrar
  Wisconsin Rep.
Chris Taylor

Sign on to our letter endorsing the Women's Health Protection Act here:

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It's time for the Women's Health Protection Act

Dear President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker John Boehner, and Members of the United States Congress:

As state legislators, we are fighting back against the tidal wave of attacks on women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care.These attacks are far-reaching and are impacting women's abilities to make their own health care decisions. For example, in Utah and South Dakota, a woman must wait 72 hours after a medical examination to receive abortion care while in Ohio and Texas, doctors are required to administer non-surgical, or medication, abortion using outdated and burdensome guidelines instead of following a safer, evidence-based method developed through a decade of doctors' practical experience.

Furthermore, in Mississippi and North Dakota, legislation threatens to close the last clinics in those states by specifically targeting abortion providers with onerous and arbitrary requirements on medical practice.

As state legislators committed to protecting a woman's constitutional rights, we are working to stop these restrictions. We urgently call on the United States Congress to pass, and President Barack Obama to sign into law, the Women's Health Protection Act (S. 1696/H.R. 3471), introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Judy Chu on November 13, 2013.

The Women's Health Protection Act is historic legislation that aims to end the incessant attacks on women's essential reproductive health care. For too long, reproductive rights in our country have been chipped away by extremist politicians who think nothing of putting politics above women's health, rights, and safety. In too many of our states, we have fought relentlessly to block bills that impose burdensome requirements and single out abortion providers and services.

In many parts of the country, it has become extremely difficult for women to safely and legally end a pregnancy because politicians have enacted laws that discriminate against reproductive health care services and target them for restrictions that are not imposed on similar types of health care. More state abortion restrictions were enacted from 2011 through 2013 than in the entire previous decade.

It's time to reverse the trend.

We need a federal law that puts women's health and rights first. The Women's Health Protection Act does just that.

The Women's Health Protection Act preserves the strong system of regulations that governs the provision of all medical services while prohibiting regulations passed under the pretext of protecting women's health that in fact stifle access to critical reproductive health care and endanger women's lives. The Act will enforce and protect a woman's constitutional right to safe and legal abortion in whichever state she lives. Under the Act, states could no longer impose oppressive and medically unnecessary requirements on reproductive health care providers. The Women's Health Protection Act would keep politicians from interfering with women's private decision making and begin to restore the constitutional rights afforded to all women established by Roe v. Wade.

A woman's constitutional rights should not depend on her zip code. The hundreds of state restrictions on reproductive rights create a patchwork approach to providing essential services and can be devastating to women who need reproductive health care. This dire situation requires a bold national response.

It's time for the Women's Health Protection Act.

We, the undersigned state legislators, call on the United States Congress to pass, and President Obama to sign, the Women's Health Protection Act, in order to protect a woman's health, her constitutional rights, and her ability to make personal decisions about her well-being and future.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]