Washington, D.C. — Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, released the following statement in advance of Wednesday’s planned Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act:
“Eighty percent of the public supports safe, legal abortion. But it is now clear that the Supreme Court plans to ignore the will of the American people and end our constitutional right to control our own bodies — a right we’ve held for nearly 50 years. This country’s legacy of racism and discrimination means that the harm of this devastating decision will fall largely on Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ people, and people with low incomes — who already face greater barriers to quality health care, child care, clean water, and adequate job opportunities.
“Due to the opposition of lawmakers hostile to reproductive rights, the Senate failed to protect abortion rights in February. Many of the same senators plan to introduce a nationwide abortion ban once the Supreme Court issues its final decision. Now knowing the stakes, they have another opportunity to act. On Wednesday, it will be clear which senators will stand up for our rights and who will be complicit in the continued attacks on our power to make personal medical decisions and determine the course of our own lives. We are all watching.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy, and limited electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.