National Nurses United is calling for suspending the filibuster to allow codification of abortion rights. Labor Radio reporter Ellen La Luzerne has the story.
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National nurses United or NNU sent an open letter to lawmakers in the Senate, demanding passage of a bill recognizing and protecting abortion rights. They are also calling for a suspension of the filibuster in order to make that happen.
The NNU says the bill should not only protect the right to abortion, but should also ensure states cannot enact or enforce laws that seek to punish abortion providers within their jurisdictions. They called on senators to take a stand for reproductive health justice by passing Women’s Health Protection Act or WHPA. President Joe Biden pledged to sign the Act into law if it reaches his desk.
The union stated, quote as members of a health care profession that is 90 percent female, nurses understand that abortion is an essential part of health care, and that a patient’s right to control their own body is at the very basis of a free and just society, unquote. They also noted their members understand they have duty to advocate for patients and their right to make their own health care decisions. They also referenced the need for bodily autonomy, self-determination, and dignity.