Durbin Statement On Failed Cloture Vote On The Women's Health Protection Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after voting to proceed to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right to provide and obtain an abortion free from medically unnecessary restrictions.  The measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed to advance.

“Today’s results, while not surprising, are still deeply disappointing.  In a matter of weeks, a half-century guarantee that the Constitution protects reproductive rights may be erased.  I will not stop fighting to preserve the right of women in America to be able to make health care decisions about their own bodies.  All women should be able to choose whether and how to expand their families, without the interference of judges and politicians.”