05.11.22

Peters Statement on Senate Republicans Blocking Legislation to Codify Roe v. Wade

Peters Spoke on Senate Floor Yesterday in Support of the Women’s Health Protection Act; Shared Personal Family Story with Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the U.S. Senate from advancing the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe V. Wade at the federal level:

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would have immediate, tragic and disastrous consequences for people in Michigan and across the country. Accessing an abortion and making extremely personal health care decisions has been a fundamental right for half a century – and taking it away would put lives at risk. This issue is not abstract or theoretical, and that’s why I shared my family’s abortion story, because families across the country go through these heartbreaking experiences every day.

“Despite Senate Republicans blocking us from moving forward on this critical legislation to codify Roe v. Wade, we cannot give up. While Republicans are preparing legislation to make abortion illegal across the country and impose cruel new restrictions, banning exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother, I remain as resolved as ever — and will continue fighting to protect women’s health care and keeping these decisions between a woman and her doctor.”

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 To watch video of Peters speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol after Republicans blocked a bill to codify Roe v. Wade, click here.

Peters spoke on the Senate floor last night in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act and shared his family’s abortion story. Peters was the first Senator to share his personal family story with abortion in October 2020 during the confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett. He again recently told his story in a roundtable with four colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the stakes have never been higher for women’s access to this critical health care. 

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