Senate Republicans Failed America’s Moms, Women and Families Today; Women’s Health Protection Act is Legislation We Urgently Need
“Today’s U.S. Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is a bitter disappointment and a painful reminder of how badly out of touch Senate Republicans are with their constituents and their country.
“With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to strip away our right to privacy and with it, women’s autonomy and ability to be free and equal members of society, America’s moms, women and families are counting on Congress to protect our fundamental right to choose if, when, and how many children to have. The House of Representatives passed WHPA in its entirety but today Republicans and one Democrat defeated even a modified version of it in the U.S. Senate. This is tyranny of the minority, a failure of democracy, and a denial of our essential rights and freedoms. It puts the health, lives, and economic security of America’s moms and women at grave risk.
“The majority of people who seek abortion care are moms, and our lives will change in fundamental, truly appalling ways if lawmakers are allowed to make our most personal health decisions. Low-income women, women of color, young and immigrant women, and those who are LGBTQ+ will surely suffer the most. At some point, if we have a hostile Congress and President, every woman in America will lose the fundamental right to abortion. That would be devastating.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“Abortion is legal today but unless Congress acts, that seems likely to change. The Supreme Court could imperil not just our fundamental right to abortion care but also our right to access birth control. The same people who support abortion bans have long opposed free birth control, improved maternal health care, paid family/medical leave, affordable childcare, and more. And we fear that the Supreme Court will reverse other fundamental rights, including marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, and more.
“It is more important than ever that Congress protect our fundamental rights and freedoms.”
-Statement of Diarra Aida Diouf, Campaign Director, Maternal Justice, Reproductive Justice and Youth Justice, MomsRising