Committee for Health Care Protection: Wisconsin doctors slam Sen. Ron Johnson’s vote against WHPA and his opposition to abortion protections

Doctors say Women’s Health Protection Act would shield patients’ health from state bans as Supreme Court threatens Roe v Wade

MADISON — Doctors today criticized U.S. Senator Ron Johnson for voting against the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have protected the federal right to access abortion care. Much-needed and long-awaited legislation has been passed as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case securing the constitutional right to abortion. With Senator Johnson’s opposition vote, Senate Republicans defeated the bill, which had already passed the US House of Representatives.

“By voting against the Women’s Health Protection Act, Senator Ron Johnson is opening the door to political interference in private health care decisions between doctor and patient, and putting patients’ health and even their lives at risk,” Dr Madelaine said. Tully, a Milwaukee family physician and member of the Committee to Protect Health Care. “Abortion is part of health care, and the rejection of the Women’s Health Protection Act means that tens of millions of Americans could soon face even greater obstacles to the health care they need to live their lives. The Women’s Health Protection Act would allow doctors to continue to do their jobs and trust our patients to know what is best for their health and safety. Senator Johnson robs patients of their freedom and autonomy over their own bodies.

If the Supreme Court does indeed overturn Roe v. Wade in his final decision, an 1849 Wisconsin law still in effect the criminalization of almost all abortions could be enforced again. By protecting the legal right and expanding access to abortion care, the WHPA would override this and all other federal or state restrictions and prohibitions on abortion. The WHPA would guarantee access to abortion care even if the Supreme Court overturns or weakens Roe v. Wade in his pending decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“All people deserve equal access to abortion care, regardless of status, zip code, or income, and the Women’s Health Protection Act would protect against discriminatory and dangerous attempts to ban abortion. abortion at the federal and state levels,” said Dr. Jill. Cousino, member of Janesville OB/GYN and CTP. “Sen. Ron Johnson plays politics with people’s lives by blocking personal medical decisions and ignoring the fact that pregnancy can be extremely dangerous, especially for those who already face barriers to health care. As physicians, we are alarmed by Senator Johnson’s willingness to force Wisconsin residents to travel to other states for treatment, and to effectively force many others to carry pregnancies against their will and against the best interests of their health and well-being.

A leaky draft of the Supreme Court’s decision, although not yet legally binding, indicated that the court intended to overturn Roe v. Wade. Wisconsin is one of 10 states with pre-existing laws to ban abortion that could again be enforced without federal protections.

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