Amid renewed abortion debate, Arkoosh wants Congress to see Roe. codified
With hundreds of marches slated across the country in defense of abortion rights, US Senate Democratic candidate Val Arkoosh on Friday urged Congress to take federal measures to protect access to abortion as Republican-led states put new restrictions consider for access to abortion.
Arkoosh, together with Dr. Lisa Perriera, a Pennsylvania-based gynecologist, called on Senate lawmakers to approve the Women’s Health Protection Act, a move aimed at codifying Roe v. Wade’s provisions into federal law.
“Women are facing these decisions right now, and they need these decisions anchored in law, as do the doctors who care for them,” said Arkoosh at a virtual press conference. “Codification of the roe is absolutely essential.”
The Women’s Health Protection Act would outline the right to abortion in federal law while prohibiting requirements that force healthcare providers to perform certain tests or procedures prior to an abortion. The law would also prohibit doctors from providing medically inaccurate information prior to an abortion.
The bill is sponsored by California MP Judy Chu and awaits Senate scrutiny after passing the House of Representatives by 218-211 votes.
The passage came after the US Supreme Court refused to block a new Texas law banning abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The bill has sparked an intense debate about abortion law across the country, especially as the Supreme Court is considering another case regarding a separate abortion ban in Mississippi.
Arkoosh’s call for the High Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to be codified comes as thousands gathered at the Pennsylvania Capitol this week to rally to end abortion.
Abby Johnson, a clinic director for Planned Parenthood turned anti-abortion activist, urged those in attendance to continue fighting to make abortions illegal.
“I believe if we carry on this fight, if we keep working, if we keep making sacrifices, not only will we see a time when abortion is illegal in this country, but friends, we will see a time when abortion is unthinkable is, “said Johnson.
Arkoosh and Perriera, both doctors, said if women were to lose access to legal abortions, they could be forced to resort to more dangerous methods, such as “self-directed abortions.”
“Is this the kind of society we want to live in, where people have to rely on their own doctors, midwives or nurses? No, we want to make sure healthcare providers can guide patients through this experience, ”said Perriera.
Arkoosh warned that if lawmakers succeed in restricting access to abortion, contraceptives and contraceptives could be the next target.
Arkoosh has made abortion policy a central theme of her election campaign for the US Senate over the past few weeks. A memo released by her campaign called her “the strongest voice possible to codify Roe, defend the doctor-patient relationship and ensure that women have affordable access to all reproductive health care options.”
Arkoosh is one of many candidates who will seek the Democratic nomination for the US Senate next year. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, US Rep. Conor Lamb and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta are also running for the seat, as are a number of other lesser-known candidates.