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It's been three weeks since the harmful Dobbs decision reversing Roe v. Wade. Friday, I spoke on the House floor and helped pass two important pieces of legislation in our fight to protect and restore abortion rights.

First, we passed the Women's Health Protection Act to restore the right to abortion in all 50 states and return the decision about whether and when to have a child to the patient and their doctor. We also passed the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act to protect anyone who now must travel across state lines to get a legal abortion.

The Washington Post: House passes bills to codify abortion rights and ensure access

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) pushed back on a belief among religious conservatives about the origin of life while expressing her support for the legislation.  “If you believe life begins at conception, don’t get an abortion,” she said Friday. “But that’s your belief. It’s not science, and others do not share it.”  “I don’t think anyone over here would ever force someone with your beliefs to get an abortion,” the mother of two added. “But you are forcing your beliefs on others, and that is wrong.”

Unfortunately, similar legislation has failed in the Senate because of the archaic filibuster. For us to truly protect rights, we must maintain our majority in the House and elect at least two more Senators who are willing to get rid of the filibuster.

But today, women are already being denied abortions in eleven states, and more bans are likely to begin any day. I won't stop fighting for our rights, and I will continue to urge the Biden Administration to take action.

Many of you are looking for opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Whether you can contribute your time and money or need resources yourself, I hope this list can act as a starting point to help guide you and others through this painful time in our country.

Volunteer and Activism opportunities: If you are interested in dedicating your time to the fight for reproductive rights, please consider joining your local Planned Parenthood or other local advocacy or support organization as a volunteer.

Donations: Donations that go to political causes to help elect a pro-choice majority to Congress and contributions directly to abortion funds are important to help support the fight for abortion rights.

Abortion resources: If you are seeking an abortion, or someone you know is, visit these links to locate appointments and resources – no matter where you live.


Posted on July 18, 2022.

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Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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