Date posted: September 20, 2021 at 3:06 pm
Last update: September 20, 2021 at 3:43 pm


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2021

Oakland, California – Early Monday morning, Pro Council Chairman Tem Sheng Thao joined Congressman Barbara Lee, Assembly Member Buffy Wicks, Dr Jessica Hamilton of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Shannon K. Olivieri Hovis of NARAL Pro- Choice California in support of House Reolsution 3755, Women’s Health Protection Act 2021 and a resolution presented by Sheng Thao in support of this historic legislation.

HR 3755 was presented by Representatives Judy Chu and Barbara Lee in response to the recent Supreme Court failure to uphold reproductive rights in Texas. The 2021 Women’s Health Protection Act would codify Roe v. Wade into law and would help ensure safe access to reproductive care for everyone. Yesterday, President Joe Biden released a statement supporting the bill.

Council Chairman Pro Tem Sheng Thao recently presented a resolution in support of this important measure, which will be heard and voted on on by Oakland City Council on Tuesday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m.

The Chairman of the Board, Pro Tem Sheng Thao, said: “I am so honored and energized to be here with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, our own Congressman Barbara Lee, community leaders and the people of Oakland who care so deeply about protecting a woman’s right to choose. As a single mother, I can tell you from personal experience that the health and family planning services provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood are a lifeline for so many women in this country. And right now, a woman’s right to control her own body is under attack in America like never before. Laws like the one passed in Texas pose an existential threat to women’s health and reproductive freedom, and we must fight with everything we have, and more. As an elected official, I must also say that it has never been more urgent to elect pro-choice women in elections, from top to bottom, from city councils to Washington hallways, women with a unwavering commitment to protect this essential right. I am proud to co-sponsor the Oakland City Council resolution supporting Congressman Barbara Lee and Judy Chu’s Bill Guaranteeing the Right to a Safe and Legal Abortion in America, and I urge all my colleagues to support it as well.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Pro Choice Caucus said: “As the co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I am proud to support my friend Judy Chu’s bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA [WHIP-PA]). This bill will protect the right to access abortion and tackle attacks on the right to abortion happening across the country, and I look forward to voting to pass it in the House this. week.

The right to reproductive freedom is essential and we have a long way to go in the world and in our own country to guarantee this right. Extreme and dangerous laws like SB 8 in Texas hurt low-income people and people of color the most. Restricting and banning abortion has made access almost impossible – the right to abortion is not real if only certain people can access it.

It is also clearly unconstitutional and anti-American to create a system of self-defense that encourages you to speak out against family members, neighbors, or anyone if you suspect they have exercised their right to an abortion. It’s time for Congress to protect abortion rights and access with the Women’s Health Protection Act. Supporting cities like Oakland – cities that have been at the forefront of the fight for reproductive freedom – will help us cross the finish line. Adopting the WHPA is a crucial step towards creating a world where everyone, regardless of income or zip code, is free to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves, their family. family and their future.

Thank you to council member Thao, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and everyone else in the city of Oakland for your support of this vital bill.

Dr Jessica Hamilton, Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Abortion Services, says: “We are seeing a wave of abortion restrictions across the country. State lawmakers, emboldened by the new composition of the Supreme Court, are rushing to scrutinize patients’ rights to healthcare. At Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, we are actively preparing for a post-Roe world. As this wave of abortion restrictions spreads across the country, California and the city of Oakland have remained a beacon of hope for those seeking an abortion. “

Shannon Olivieri Hovis, Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California: “2021 was the worst year for abortion rights on record. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court authorized the draconian abortion ban in Texas to go into effect, putting abortion almost out of reach for millions of Texans. Later this year, the Supreme Court is expected to resume Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which poses a direct threat to Roe vs. Wade. The stakes could not be higher; if Roe vs. Wade falls, in no time, abortion could be banned in about half of the United States. Congress can and must take immediate action to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine a federal right to abortion and improve access to abortion across the country.


Sheng Thao is the daughter of Hmong refugee parents and the mother of her 14-year-old son. Sheng Thao was first elected to represent Oakland District 4 in November 2018 and took office in January 2019.

Since her election, Sheng has been elevated to Head of Council as Pro Tem President, serves on the California Women Lead Board, and is Chair of the League of California Cities API Caucus, where she strives to make the voice heard. voice of women API all over the world.


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