• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on Anniversary of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Decision

June 26, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case overturned the protections in Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“One year ago, following the lead of the Republican party, the Supreme Court ignored nearly 50 years of precedent and ended a constitutional right for the first time in America’s history. This decision stripped us of our right to make decisions for our future and ripped health care out of the hands of tens of millions. And on that day, America’s daughters became less free than the generation of women before them. 

“Following this extreme decision, voters have shown up to ballot boxes across the country to deliver a strong message to anti-choice politicians at every level: our rights are our own, our bodies belong to us, and our freedom is not up for debate. Voters have been clear: we support abortion rights and access. Despite this, Republicans continue to chip away at freedom and autonomy as they work to end abortion altogether.  

“This past year has reminded us that representation of Democratic pro-choice women in office at every level of government is more important than ever. That’s why EMILYs List has been working overtime to ensure Democratic pro-choice women are elected up and down the ballot to protect and defend abortion access from Republican attacks across the nation. Freedom is what’s at stake. Until reproductive freedom is protected for all, EMILYs List, elected leaders, and American voters are going to continue fighting back.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.