Senate failure to act puts reproductive rights at risk

Contact: Charmaine Riley, [email protected]202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – Maya Wiley, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate failed to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022:

“64 million. There are 64 million women and girls of reproductive age in this country. The Senate just failed to the last by not advancing the Women’s Health Protection Act. About half live in states that could violate the most basic principles of liberty and freedom and a fundamental right, protected for half a century. It is beyond irresponsibility. It is a scandal.

“If the leaked draft advisory holds, low-income people seeking abortions will not be able to afford to travel to states that will take care of their reproductive health. And two? Black women and Native American and Alaska Native women die two to three times more than white women from pregnancy-related complications. LGBTQ people, including non-binary people and transgender men, will see their health at risk.

Every person deserves the ability to make health care decisions that are right for them, free from government interference and discrimination.

“The right to abortion is a fundamental right. We will not sit idly by as attacks on reproductive freedom and personal health continue. We will work in coalition, fighting for abortion access and local and state protections, and we will do so for as long as it takes.

The Leadership Conference, along with 92 groups, on Tuesday urged the Senate to pass S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. Read this letter here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information about the Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit


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