For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Washington, DC — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement as the U.S. Senate debates the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and considers a potential rule change to allow the Senate to end debate and proceed to a vote on final passage of this important legislation with 51 votes rather than 60.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju said:
“Our democracy is in peril. Anti-choice, anti-democracy forces—including all 50 Republican Senators—are dead-set on dismantling the very foundation of our republic. We cannot let this happen. It is past time for the Senate to pass the voting rights protections in the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and safeguard the freedom to vote by any means necessary. We will not endorse or support any senator who refuses to find a path forward on this critical legislation. Without ensuring that voters have the freedom to participate in safe and accessible elections, a minority with a regressive agenda and a hostility to reproductive freedom will continue to block the will of the majority of Americans.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.