For Immediate Release
January 2, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on 207 Members of Congress Signing on to an Anti-Choice Amicus Brief
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock issued the following statement in response to 207 members of Congress signing on to an amicus brief that argues “the unworkability of the ‘right to abortion’ found in Roe and the need for the Court to take up the issue of whether Roe and Casey should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled.”
“Reproductive rights and the ability to make our own health care decisions are fundamental to the freedoms we have under the Constitution. Unfortunately, this amicus brief proves that not only is the threat to those rights very real, but it is at a critical tipping point where the minority is ready to strip our freedom away against the majority's wishes. More than seven in 10 Americans support the protections given to us by cases like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. It’s past time to replace the politicians who believe a small number of them can outweigh our rights and our views.”
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