For Immediate Release
September 24, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Rejection of the Women’s Health Protection Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Congressman Henry Cuellar has shown us time and time again where he stands, and that’s against abortion. While his home state has essentially made abortion illegal and inaccessible, Congressman Cuellar continues to stand against our rights to make our own health care decisions. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree: Reproductive health decisions should be made between patients and their doctors, not politicians who believe they know better. It’s even more disappointing now that the congressman continues to oppose the right to choose.”
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