U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Women’s Health Protection Act
Las Vegas, NV — Today, the United States Senate took a historic vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). While the bill did not reach the Senate’s required 60 vote threshold, WHPA, which would have codified Roe v. Wade into federal law among so many other much-needed protections for reproductive health, comes at a pivotal time for abortion rights in this country.
Nationally, the environment for abortion access is hostile. Since 2011, state politicians have enacted over 600 restrictive laws that make abortion harder, and in some cases impossible, to access. In 2022 alone, over 260 abortion bans or restrictions have been introduced in state legislatures all while 8 in 10 Americans support the right to an abortion.
Statement from Lindsey Harmon, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada:
“Though Congress’s inability to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act is a devastating blow to abortion rights and reproductive health care in this country, we are grateful for Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen’s leadership and support of the bill. In supporting the Women’s Health Protection Act, Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen are standing up for what Nevadans truly want – access to safe, legal abortion. Nevadans will remember that their Senators voted to protect their health and rights.”
There is a deep disconnect from the increased attack on abortion rights that we are seeing across the nation and the 80 percent of Americans who believe that the right to abortion care should remain protected.”