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Friday, September 24, 2021

Jim Langevin steps up

Rep. Langevin Votes to Codify Roe v. Wade Protections into Federal Law 

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) voted for H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act, to codify the rights and protections guaranteed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision into federal law. 

The bill’s passage comes as Republican-controlled state legislatures seek to impose extreme abortion bans like Texas’s S.B. 8, which does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

“As the right-wing Supreme Court appears to be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade -- which has been settled case law for decades -- I will not stand idly by as extremist state legislators around the country empower vigilantes to prevent women from accessing constitutionally-protected reproductive care,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. 

“Although I remain personally opposed to abortion, as a matter of public policy, I do not believe that the government should interfere with a woman’s most intimate decisions. At the end of the day, we must put our trust in women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.” 

After the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Texas abortion ban (S.B. 8) to go into effect, Rep. Langevin wrote an op-ed in the Providence Journal announcing his decision to co-sponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act. The full op-ed can be found here.