Congressional lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a bill banning abortions past 20 weeks on Friday.
Should the bill pass, it could endanger the health of many women — especially girls. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports reproductive rights, more than one-third of abortion clinics serve low-income women, many of whom are female.
Female athletes and athletes of color have spoken out against the legislation by delivering to the Capitol a letter asking the lawmakers who are sponsoring the bill to reconsider. Read the letter in full below:
Our sincere thanks to the 438 representatives who signed our letter for respecting the rights of women and girls to make reproductive decisions. We believe in the rights enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, including the right to abortion and to access reproductive health care without having to fear legislative or other federal sanctions or constraints that could endanger our lives. We ask that the 116th Congress pass the Respect for Life Act, and to promptly move into hearings to consider legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks and federal funding of abortion services. Please continue to respect the rights of women and girls, and tell the sponsor and many of his colleagues that this bill is a good candidate for overhaul.