2022 Scorecard Vote
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sponsored S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, to prohibit governmental restrictions on providing and accessing abortion services. For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Constitution protected the right to abortion. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the venerable precedent of Roe v. Wade and, for the first time in the nation’s history, removed a constitutional right. The people most impacted by the loss of this fundamental right are the same people who bear the greatest burdens from the climate crisis, environmental injustice, and voter suppression: communities of color, communities with low wealth, and rural communities. This legislation would create a statutory right to abortion access, restoring federal protections against state-level abortion bans. Additionally, near majority support for this bill in the Senate highlights the extreme decisions of the current Supreme Court majority, that has also undermined protections for the environment, democracy, and racial justice. On May 11, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4132 by a vote of 49-51 (Senate roll call vote 170). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.