Women's Health Protection Act of 2019 

What is the S. 1645, the Women's Health Protection Act of 2019?

Introduced by Senator Blumenthal in May of 2019, S. 1645 will protect a person's ability to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide reproductive health care services, including abortion services. It will ensure that everyone has equal access to all reproductive health services without any delays, judgement, or misinformation, permit health care providers to provide abortion services without limitations or requirements that make abortion services more difficult to access, provide protection for and be inclusive of all people who become pregnant or need abortion services, not just those who identify as women, and promote people's health and ability to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States.

Why do we need the Women's Health Protection Act of 2019?

Once passed, this will provide protection for and be inclusive of all people who become pregnant or need abortion services, not just those who identify as women.

  • While cis women are the main receivers of abortion care, smaller numbers of people across the gender spectrum receive the same care each year.

  • 33% of transgender people in a 2015 survey conducted by the National Center for Trangender Equality reported mistreatment in clinical settings 

Reproductive health care is under attack with increasing numbers of abortion restrictions and laws constraining access to reproductive health care such as:

  • State regulations that create barriers to care.

  • Blockades of health care facilities and associated violence.

  • Prohibitions of and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortions.

  • Restrictions which both stigmatize and shame women who seek abortion services.

  • Medically unnecessary regulations that do not provide any health benefits or further the safety of abortion services.

These abortion-specific restrictions especially harm low-income women, women of color, immigrants, young people, and women living in rural and other medically underserved areas.

Many abortion-specific restrictions do not bring any health benefits to the patient and instead restrict the women’s personal and private medical decisions to end their pregnancies by making the access to abortion services more expensive, difficult, and invasive, which forces women to travel significant distances and make many unnecessary visits to their health care providers. 

  • Major complications from abortions are rare and occur in less than 0.25% of procedures.

The numerous restrictions have led to a some areas having severely limited access to abortion services, leading to a patchwork system in which abortion services are more available in some States than others. Women often travel across State lines and engage in interstate commerce in order to receive important medical care. Likewise, health care providers travel across State lines and engage in the same interstate commerce in order to be able to provide these health services to patients.

  • A 2018 report from the University of California Can Francisco’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health research group found that in 27 cities across the United States, people are forced to travel more than 100 miles in any direction in order to reach an abortion provider.

Research also shows that abortion does not negatively impact a woman’s well-being. According to a UC San Francisco study, over 95% of women report that abortion was the right decision for them and one year later, women who obtained abortion care were more likely to have a positive outlook on life than women denied this care.

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What can I do to take action to get this passed?

Call Your Senators and Urge Them to support S. 1645. We need to garner more support in the Senate so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your Senators and their numbers here!

Here is a sample script to use when calling your Senator: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about S. 1645: Women’s Health Protection Act of 2019. 

Reproductive health care is under attack with increasing numbers of states implementing abortion restrictions and laws constraining access to reproductive health care. These abortion-specific restrictions especially harm low-income women, women of color, immigrants, young people, and women living in rural and other medically underserved areas.


Abortion-specific restrictions do not bring any health benefits to the patient and instead restrict the individuals personal and private medical decisions to end their pregnancies by making the access to abortion services more expensive, difficult, and invasive, which forces women to travel significant distances and make many unnecessary visits to their health care providers. 


We are here to make reproductive healthcare more accessible to  everyone. This will further social and economic equality. I urge the Senator to support S. 1645. Thank you and have a good day.  

Email Your Senators and Urge Them to support S. 1645 As mentioned above, we need to put the pressure on the Senate to pass this. Use this form to send an email straight to your Senators!

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