For Immediate Release
May 17, 2021
EMILYs List Statement On Supreme Court Hearing Case Challenging Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a major abortion case from Mississippi that will give the court an opportunity to reconsider Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, questions the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, issued the following statement:
“There is no disagreement: the lower courts have all ruled that Mississippi’s dangerous restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case is an opportunity for anti-choice extremists to undermine decades of legal precedent and overturn Roe v. Wade, putting 25 million people at risk for losing abortion access.
Protecting access to safe reproductive care must begin at the state and local level and continue at the federal level. New state abortion bans passed by state legislatures and signed by anti-choice governors, and Supreme Court justices confirmed by a Republican Senate, remind us how much our elected officials matter. It is vital we continue to work to elect more Democratic pro-choice women to every level of government.”
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