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The Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act

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To the editor: 2021 has been the most hostile year for reproductive health and rights since Roe v. Wade was decided 48 years ago. Now, the Supreme Court has allowed abortion in Texas to become virtually inaccessible. In Alaska, anti-abortion legislators have introduced a constitutional amendment to delete our right to privacy from the Alaska Constitution, eliminating our right to access safe, legal abortion if Roe v. Wade is weakened or overturned. These attacks have only been accelerating, despite the fact that nearly 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime and 79% of Americans support the right to safe, legal abortion protected under Roe v. Wade. We cannot stand by as these politicians continue to try and control our own decisions about our bodies and our lives.

That’s why we need the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), to help protect the right to an abortion from state bans and restrictions. The House of Representatives already passed this bill. Now we are calling on Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to support the bill’s passage without delay.

Trillium Kell is a member of Generation Action: Students for Reproductive Justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a student-led organization that advocates for reproductive health and rights on campus and beyond.

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