For Immediate Release
August 25, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Trigger Bans Going into Effect Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, abortion bans triggered by the fall of Roe v. Wade went into effect in Texas, Idaho, and Tennessee. And while a federal judge in Idaho temporarily blocked part of the trigger ban to save the life of the mother, bans on abortion from the moment of fertilization into effect in all three states. Trigger bans are scheduled to take effect in North Dakota and Oklahoma this weekend. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Your rights shouldn’t depend on your zip code, and neither should your access to abortion health care. These trigger bans are harmful and put lives in danger. It’s time to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country to fight back against anti-choice politicians getting their way.
“Anti-choice extremist politicians and judges have made their blatant disregard for our lives clear, ensuring that people die in preventable tragedies because they cannot access essential medical care. This is the future Republicans across the country are working towards, and we are determined to not let it happen.”
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.