(DCWatchdog.com) – America’s largest nursing union, National Nurses United (NNU), has issued a strongly-worded position urging the United States Congress to make abortion legal in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Additionally, the NNU has called upon U.S. lawmakers to abolish the legislative filibuster in the Senate so it can pass abortion legislation, a move that would significantly change the current system of checks and balances in Congress.
On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is not a “constitutional right” as the court had held for five decades and is an issue to be decided upon by each state, allowing at least 26 states to impose partial or complete abortion bans.
The largest nursing union in the nation has now reacted to the ruling by insisting that Congress adopt the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), a bill proposed by Democrat U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
If adopted, the WHPA would legalize a “federal right to access abortion” and “other protections” that were part of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling of the then-Supreme Court, the decision that made abortion possible all over the United States for almost 50 years.
“As nurses, we have a duty to advocate for our patients and their right to make their own health care decisions,” the NNU said in a letter to the U.S. Congress, advocating for “reproductive health justice.”
“The basic tenets of ethical health care dictate that patients should enjoy autonomy, self-determination, and dignity over their bodies, their lives, and the health care they receive,” the nursing union added.
Besides advocating for making abortion a right by federal law, the nursing union also urged the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster rule – the last hurdle before adopting unbridled “progressivist” policies in the Democrat-dominated Congress. NNU called the filibuster “archaic and anti-democratic.”