Rep. Sherrill Votes for the Women’s Health Protection Act, Reaffirming Rights Enshrined in Roe v. Wade

September 24, 2021
Press Release
H.R.3755 aims to curtail state legislation, such as Texas’ SB8, that undermine the constitutional rights outlined in the 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v Wade

Washington, DC–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted today for H.R.3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which creates statutory protection for reproductive health care for both providers and patients. It would effectively push back on draconian state based laws, like Texas’ SB8, by better codifying a woman’s rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade.

Following her vote, Rep. Sherrill released the following statement:

“Nearly fifty years ago, a woman’s constitutional rights were enshrined in Roe v. Wade. Since then, that right has been consistently attacked and restricted in state legislatures and federal court cases. Today, a woman’s right to choose is under more threat than ever before, and for millions of women in states like Texas and Mississippi, their rights, freedom, and bodily autonomy have been effectively stripped from them.

“In this new era, neighbors are literally being deputized against each other to police women’s personal choices. Our efforts to stand strong for a woman’s right to reproductive freedom are more important than ever. Today, I’m proud to have stood for the women of NJ-11 and the entire country with my vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act to do just that. It is crucially important that we pass this bill and have it signed into law, and I will continue this fight until we’re successful.

“This bill alone may not fully reverse the damage done by Texas’ unacceptable attacks on women. But by passing this bill today, we’re sending a message that we will never give up the fight to protect the rights and freedom of every single woman.”