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Statement from Laura McQuade, PPNYC President and CEO

NEW YORK – Today a bill that would have imposed a nationwide ban on abortion at 20 weeks failed in the U.S. Senate with a 51-46 vote. 

Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City:

“This type of political interference in medical care is dangerous and deeply unpopular with doctors and patients alike. It threatens the individualized health care that each patient deserves—and violates their constitutional rights. As a health care provider, we’ve seen what happens people play politics with access to health care. In states that have passed laws like this, some pregnant individuals and their families have been put into unimaginable situations.

I want to give a special thanks to New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for voting against this bill and rejecting any attempt to pass anti-abortion legislation.

The bill is pure political ideology that has no basis in fact or science. The highly respected and trusted American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Physicians for Reproductive Health agree that science does not support the claims made in this bill.  

The American people want Congress to do its job—legislate, not play doctor. Congress has failed to address critical issues such as increasing funding for health care safety net programs and passing a clean Dream Act, yet has found time to take up an abortion ban vote. Once again, anti-reproductive health members of Congress are demonstrating just how out of touch they are with the majority of voters.”



  • The Senate previously voted on this bill in 2015, when it also failed.  
  • This bill would take decision-making away from patients and their trusted medical care providers and put it in the hands of politicians.
  • Doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, oppose these laws because they prevent them from giving their patients the best health care possible in an individual situation.
  • When Americans understand the real-world impact of 20-week bans, a solid 60 percent of voters oppose them.
  • This bill is part of a broader agenda to ban abortion completely. This current Congress has already held hearings and votes on several abortion bans, including unconstitutional 20-week and 6-week abortion bans that are in clear violation of the right to an abortion pre-viability, Supreme Court precedent set in Roe v. Wade and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.  In addition, the states have also made efforts to undermine women’s right to reproductive health with states having passed 401 restrictions on abortion since 2011. This is all a part of the same effort.
  • Support for Roe v. Wade is at the highest it’s ever been, with 7 out of 10 Americans saying they believe a woman should have the right to safe, legal abortion -- that’s more popular than Congress, the Republican party or the Democratic party.




Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.