Women’s Health Protection Act removes references to transgender and nonbinary people

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) championed by Democrats, has now removed all references to transgender and nonbinary people’s pregnancies and language related to “reproductive justice.”

According to The Daily Caller, the act would essentially make abortion a statutory right, and earlier versions attempted to use language about race and transgenderism in their non-binding “Findings” section.

However, Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the bill’s sponsor, told Politico during a recent interview that the language had been removed from the bill due to objections from other Democrats.

The newer version of the bill removes any and all references to white supremacy and gender oppression and notes that the provisions that are applied to anyone with the “capacity for pregnancy” including “transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender, and others,” according to POLITICO.

“Reproductive Justice seeks to address restrictions on reproductive health, including abortion, that perpetuate systems of oppression, lack of bodily autonomy, white supremacy, and anti-Black racism,” a previous version of the bill said.

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“This violent legacy has manifested in policies including enslavement, rape, and experimentation on Black women; forced sterilizations; medical experimentation on low-income women’s reproductive systems; and the forcible removal of Indigenous children,” it said.

This news comes on the heels of an explosive document leak from the United States Supreme Court that has made abortion advocates concerned about the future of the pregnancy ending procedures.

The first draft opinion of a Supreme Court decision would, if it’s leaked, overturn Roe v. Wade, making it difficult for women across the country to receive abortions.

Details of the leaked opinion have sparked more interest in WHPA, which failed to pass the Senate in February.

Schumer outlines the next steps

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated that the Senate will again take a vote on the bill, now that the legislation is co-sponsored by 47 Senate Democrats.

Blumenthal characterized the new language as “very marginal changes that simply meet some of the issues that have been raised by senators who want to make it more consensus driven,” according to Politico.

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