statement

AYA on House passage of abortion access legislation

7 / 18 / 2022

Washington D.C., July 18, 2022 – On behalf of the 22,000 members we represent across all 50 states, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) is pleased to learn that our leaders in the House have successfully passed two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting access to abortion care: the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 8296) and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act (H.R.8297).

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect the constitutional right to abortion and create a nationwide safeguard against any bans and restrictions that single out abortion care, while the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act would protect individuals who are forced to travel to receive care by recognizing the right to travel to other states as a constitutional right.

The following quote is from AYA’s Executive Director, Lisa Giordano:

“In the wake of the Dobbs decision, many Americans are already experiencing suffering due to restricted abortion access – it is heartening to see Congress stepping up to protect those who need reproductive care.

Young people, who are directly impacted by the politicization of reproductive healthcare, support the right to dignified abortion care as a necessary part of healthcare services – the Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure just that by enshrining reproductive healthcare access in to law, while the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act would protect those who are forced to travel for care.

Overturning Roe v. Wade has only created chaos and confusion as states work to set their own abortion laws and restrictions – the Senate must move to pass both pieces of legislation immediately.”

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, reproductive surgical procedures have been delayed, miscarriage treatment has been complicated and young victims of rape have had to travel across state lines to access abortion care. On behalf of our membership, AYA once again applauds the House passage of legislation that offers much-needed solutions to address the harmful impacts of abortion bans and restrictions.

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The Association of Young Americans (AYA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization advocating at the federal level on behalf of young Americans aged 18–35. AYA represents its over 22,000 members by working to advance the policies and legislation important to our generation. Learn more at www.joinaya.org.

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