May 25, 2022

The governors of 17 US states and territories including Wisconsin, New York, California and New Jersey have penned a letter urging Congress to codify abortion rights and ensure Americans “have meaningful access” to reproductive healthcare services.

In the letter, the governors say that reproductive healthcare decisions should be made by patients and healthcare providers, and “not by politicians”.

The governors are calling on the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, a piece of legislation passed by the House of Representatives in September 2021.

The letter added that the consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade “cannot be overstated”.

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