Bennet cosponsors bill to protect access to reproductive care

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined his colleagues in introducing a bill to protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by blocking restrictive regulations and laws intended to curtail reproductive health services.

“Health care decisions are personal, and women should be empowered to make their own choices based on what they believe is best for them and their families,” Bennet said. “Across the country, anti-choice legislation is preventing women from accessing reproductive care. This bill pushes back on these partisan attacks, so no matter their zip code, women can access the care they need and deserve.”  

The Women’s Health Protection Act would block laws that impose unnecessary or burdensome requirements on physicians and clinics for the main purpose of preventing access to reproductive health services. In Colorado, clinics that provide these services, such as Planned Parenthood, are essential to ensuring women receive the care they need, Bennet stated. In 2014, Planned Parenthood provided nearly 60,000 patients with contraception, health information, and support services in a trusted environment.

This legislation has 40 cosponsors in the Senate and 102 cosponsors in the House.