The Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu (D-California), which the House passed last year, would nationalize abortion access. The Abortion Access Guarantee Act, led by Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Tex.), would ensure that women can travel freely across the country for medical care. Neither bill will pass the Senate.
A group of Democratic senators tried. Led by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), from an abortion-legal state who is also at risk of losing re-election, they tried to force a vote on a free travel bill by unanimous consent, a dramatic tactic to send a message about legislation that does not have the votes. It was blocked by Republicans.
Additionally, this week, 18 Senate Democrats and 81 House members sent a letter to the Biden administration asking it to declare a national public health emergency to provide more flexibility for patients to be seen and healthcare professionals. to provide medical care. But Biden administration officials have so far been reluctant to act because there is little money to spend on the effort and they fear legal challenges by conservatives who would prevail in conservative courts.