2022 Scorecard Vote
Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) sponsored H.R. 8296, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, to prohibit governmental restrictions on providing and accessing abortion services. For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Constitution protected the right to abortion. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the venerable precedent of Roe v. Wade and, for the first time in the nation’s history, removed a constitutional right. The people most impacted by the loss of this fundamental right are the same people who bear the greatest burdens from the climate crisis, environmental injustice, and voter suppression: communities of color, communities with low wealth, and rural communities. This legislation would create a statutory right to abortion access, restoring federal protections against state-level abortion bans. Additionally, majority support for this bill in the House highlights the extreme decisions of the current Supreme Court majority, that has also undermined protections for the environment, democracy, and racial justice. On July 15, the House approved H.R. 8296 by a vote of 219-210 (House roll call vote 360). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the companion bill, S. 4132, in 2022.