Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 11, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Women's Health Protection Act: 

“Senate Republicans made it clear today that they do not believe that a woman ought to have autonomy over her own body and make her own health care decisions.  Their rejection of even moving to debate on the Women’s Health Protection Act – in the wake of news that the Supreme Court may soon go against longstanding precedent and overturn Roe v. Wade – is an attack on the women of this country and their right to privacy, access to reproductive health care, and ability to decide for themselves whether and when to have a child.  They have now shown the American people and the residents of their states where they stand on this issue so intrinsic to women’s rights, women’s equality, and basic freedom for Americans – and they will surely be held accountable for that stand. 
“If Roe v. Wade were indeed to be overturned, many Republican-controlled states have made no secret of their plans to ban abortion outright, including in the cases of rape, incest, or even the health and survival of the mother.  In some places, laws being enacted or proposed by Republican-controlled states would not only ban reproductive choice but also criminalize women who have miscarriages and jail the health-care providers who provide life-saving treatment to women whose pregnancies are not viable and pose a risk to their health.  Such policies are cruel and out of step with the majority of the American people. 
“I want to thank Rep. Judy Chu, whose similar legislation passed the House last year, for her continued leadership on this critical issue.  House Democrats will continue to work with Senate Democrats and the Biden-Harris Administration to protect the equal rights, dignity, and freedom of all women in our country if the Court takes the abominable action that the recently leaked draft decision would indicate.  We will not yield in this fight to ensure that women have the freedom to access the full range of reproductive health care everywhere in our country."