WASHINGTON – As the country approaches the one-year anniversary of the disastrous overturning of Roe V. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Supreme Court decision, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), member of the House Pro-choice Caucus, signed a discharge petition to force a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act. This legislation would enshrine into law reproductive freedom and the right to bodily autonomy for all seeking abortion care.

“Since the overturning of Roe and the loss of the constitutional right to choose; women in the United States have seen their right to make decisions over their bodies stripped by state legislatures. It is time for the federal government to intervene,” said Congresswoman Jahana Hayes. “The Women’s Health Protection Act is vital in ensuring every person in this country has the freedom to make their own decisions and access quality healthcare. This legislation must be brought to the House Floor so it is clear to the American people, where their Representatives stand on this issue.”

In the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Hayes joined House Democrats in passing the Women’s Reproductive Health Protection Act. Earlier this year she rejected dangerous legislation to criminalize abortion and compromise quality of care.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes signed a discharge petition this week regarding the following legislation which she also cosponsors: 

  • Women’s Reproductive Health Protection Act: Creates a statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care and a corresponding right for their patients to receive that care, free from medically unnecessary restrictions that single out abortion and impede access. It sets up a clear framework for assessing abortion restrictions, preventing states from enacting arbitrary and medically unnecessary barriers to care. WHPA is the only legislation that enshrines the principles of Roe v. Wade into law.