For Immediate Release
September 1, 2021
EMILYs List Condemns Dangerous Abortion Restrictions in Texas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, an unconstitutional abortion restriction law (S.B. 8) that bans abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy and allows anyone to enforce the law through legal action goes into effect in Texas, after the Supreme Court refused to take action. Emily Cain, the executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Today, as an extreme abortion ban goes into effect in Texas, EMILYs List stands with our allies in a day of action to ensure that no one has their most personal medical decisions made by politicians or anyone else. This effective abortion ban endangers Texans, especially marginalized groups such as people of color, low-income families, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. As we face an unprecedented rise in threats to abortion and the right for people to make their own health care decisions, it is more important than ever that we stand together to protect these essential rights. At EMILYs List, we will continue to elect more Democratic pro-choice women to all levels of government who will fight these bans and uphold reproductive rights in America.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.