For Immediate Release
December 1, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Oral Argument
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement in advance of oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court case:
“Today, Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and put abortion rights at risk across the country. We stand with patients who need an abortion, the providers, and the groups and activists who have been fighting to protect these rights for decades. And we will continue to work to elect Democratic pro-choice women who will ensure we don't have to wait on nine justices to determine our ability to make our own health care decisions.”
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, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% 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.