Crist Votes to Restore Roe v. Wade

People’s House Approves Women’s Health Protection Act

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released this statement following House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that creates a federal statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care and requires access to abortion care free from medically unnecessary restrictions.

The bill prohibits state and local governments from impeding access to abortion care by imposing unnecessary restrictions. By failing to block the Texas anti-abortion law, the Supreme Court has abandoned Constitutionally guaranteed privacy protections provided to Americans since the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. The Women’s Health Protection Act would restore these critical protections nationwide.

“Access to safe and legal abortion is critical for women’s rights. And it’s also about trust,” said Rep. Crist. “Trust in those seeking reproductive care; trust that they will know what is best for them, their bodies, their health care, and their families; and trust in them to make a choice, that only they can make, about their own futures. After the Supreme Court yanked Roe v. Wade protections in the dead of night, we are reminded of our responsibility to protect the right to choose - I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act.

“Floridians respect privacy. Floridians respect the right to choose. And Floridians do not want Governor DeSantis to bring Texas-style tyranny to our beloved Sunshine State. That’s what the Women’s Health Protection Act is about, and that’s why, if the Supreme Court won’t, we will stand up for the privacy rights of women and all Americans.”  

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