May 11, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Women’s Health Protection Act

 Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation to codify the reproductive rights secured in Roe v. Wade:

“Right now, the threat to women’s reproductive freedom posed by the Supreme Court and Senate Republicans is more urgent than ever. The Women’s Health Protection Act would guarantee the right to choose nationally, as a matter of law. Without action, women across the country could soon be subject to laws that prevent safe abortions – even in the case of rape and incest – and if Republicans continue to push for a nationwide ban, that right may be threatened even in Maryland, where we have codified Roe v. Wade.

“While we did not have the votes to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act today, what we do now have is accountability. This is a central principle of our democracy, and now Americans know where each and every member stands. 

“This isn’t over. I will fight with everything I’ve got to protect the right to reproductive choice in our nation.”