On June 27, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that a Texas law restricting women’s access to safe, legal abortion care is unconstitutional. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women’s access to abortion in more than two decades. Numerous Washington Democrats voice their approval of the court’s ruling.
Senator Patty Murray: “Four decades ago, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right of every woman, no matter where she lives, to make her own decisions about her body, her family, and her future. Today’s ruling recognizes that a right means nothing without the ability to exercise that right—and it upholds and preserves the historic decision in Roe v. Wade so our daughters and granddaughters’ rights and opportunity are protected.
“This ruling breaks down needless barriers that women face in accessing care, and it sends a clear message that extreme politicians have no business interfering with a woman’s most personal decisions. It is a true victory—but there is no question that our work to protect women’s reproductive rights is far from over, and I am more committed than ever to standing with women across our country as we keep up the fight.”
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell: “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a decisive victory for women’s health and constitutional rights. The decision affirms that a deceptive Texas law with the express purpose of gutting access to safe, legal abortions is not only harmful to women and families, but is clearly unconstitutional. Much work remains to ensure all women can access compassionate and personalized reproductive health care where they live.”
US Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01): “A woman’s access to reproductive healthcare shouldn’t be dependent on her income or zip code. Unfortunately, politicians across the country have been passing dangerous laws that block women from exercising their constitutionally protected right to choose,” DelBene said. “I’m glad the Court recognized that these shameful attacks undermine Roe v. Wade and put women’s health at risk. Women deserve better, and today’s ruling helps ensure they have the freedom to make their own healthcare choices — without interference from politicians.”
US Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02): “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a bright spot in an era where women’s reproductive rights have increasingly fallen under attack at the state and local level. The Court has sent a loud and clear message that laws such as H.B.2 – which significantly limit women’s health options – in no way achieve the purported goal of protecting women.”