U.S. Senate Let Country Down by Failing to Pass Women’s Health Protection Act, as Republican Opposition Sinks Legislation the Country Wants and Urgently Needs
“As we mark six months since Texas’ draconian, devastating six-week abortion ban took effect, the U.S. Senate let the country down by failing to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would mitigate the harm to moms and families from this and other state anti-abortion laws. We thank the U.S. Senators who supported and advanced the vote. We urgently need a federal law that protects the right to abortion in every state. The House of Representatives recognized that when it passed the WHPA in September; it would protect women’s health and rights, dignity and autonomy by securing access to abortion care for everyone in this country, no matter where they live. Its enactment is especially important for low-income women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other vulnerable communities. Yet unified opposition from Senate Republicans killed the bill today, denying the country a law that would have advanced social and economic equality and reproductive autonomy, and given us all the right to shape our own reproductive futures."
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising
“Most people who have abortions in this country are moms. We must be able to determine if, when and how many children to have, and to make the deeply personal decisions about abortion care without interference from politicians or the public. With more states adopting laws that deny our access to reproductive health care and the courts failing to protect our health and our rights, America’s moms will continue demanding that Congress pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.”
-Statement of Diarra Aida Diouf, Campaign Director for Maternal Justice, Reproductive Justice, & Youth Justice, MomsRising