Durbin Statement On Senate Republicans Voting Against The Reproductive Freedom For Women Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted against the Reproductive Freedom for Women Act, a bill that simply states women should have the basic freedom to make their own health care decisions:

“Today’s vote was simple: do you support a woman’s right to make their own reproductive health care decisions?  My Republican colleagues voting against this fundamental right is alarming and further demonstrates the chaos that has been unleashed in a post-Roe America.

“It’s clear Senate Democrats want to restore and protect reproductive rights while our Republican colleagues are hellbent on establishing abortion bans, threatening contraception and IVF, and revoking fundamental American freedoms.”

Eight in 10 Americans, including two-thirds of Republicans, agree that the government shouldn’t be involved in how a woman manages abortion issues, according to an Axios/Ipsos poll from March 2024.  This is consistent with other recent polling post-Dobbs that has consistently found that Americans across the political spectrum support legal abortion and believe the decision whether to have an abortion should be a woman’s choice, along with her doctor.