Yesterday, Democrats in the Senate tried to protect the constitutional right to an abortion, but were blocked by anti-choice Republicans – every one of which voted no.
This devastating news comes just after we learned that a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court is planning to overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
This is infuriating. Senate Republicans, right-wing extremists, state legislatures, and Supreme Court justices hand-picked by Donald Trump to fulfill his promise of overturning Roe have no right getting in the way of personal healthcare decisions. We cannot go backwards.
In Connecticut and Washington, I have fought hard to defend individual reproductive freedom and choice.
In 1990, as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, I voted to codify abortion rights into law, giving Connecticut residents statutory protection with some of the strongest reproductive rights in the country.
Earlier this year, I voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act that passed the House. I’m angry it failed in the Senate, but I promise to keep fighting until reproductive freedom is guaranteed.
Make no mistake: Once this Supreme Court decision is issued, millions of Americans will see their rights taken away – and the actions of Senate Republicans last night show how vital it is we elect leaders who defend the freedom of choice and access to quality reproductive healthcare at every level of government.
I've stood against the ultra-conservative anti-choice movement for decades, and I need your support to continue. Together, we will stand as the last line of defense.
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