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H.R. 8296 (117th): Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022

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To protect a person's ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider's ability to provide abortion services.

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Sponsor and status

Judy Chu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 27th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2022
Length: 28 pages
Jul 7, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 15, 2022 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 8296 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 (Jul 12, 2022)

What legislators are saying

Latta Votes Against Abortion Up Until Birth Act
    — Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5] on Jul 15, 2022

Cole Opposes Overreaching Abortion Legislation
    — Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4] on Jul 15, 2022

Rep. Smith's Floor remarks on HR 8296 - Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] on Jul 15, 2022

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Jul 7, 2022

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Jul 8, 2022
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Rule).

Jul 15, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 8296 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8296. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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