For Immediate Release
December 1, 2021
EMILYs List Thanks Congresswomen For Protecting Reproductive Freedom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that lays the groundwork to overturn Roe v. Wade. With the unprecedented threat to abortion care, EMILYs List thanks its sitting congresswomen for their consistent efforts to protect reproductive freedom. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List thanks the congresswomen who have, and continue to, fight tirelessly to protect reproductive rights. These pro-choice champions all voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and codify Roe in federal law. While they work to protect reproductive rights, Republicans across the country are planning to introduce bills that are designed to continue to erode women’s access to necessary health care and autonomy over their own bodies. We are confident that voters across the country will help elect more Democratic pro-choice women who will continue to do the work protecting reproductive rights.”
Statements from EMILYs List-endorsed congresswomen are below:
“For nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that the Constitution guarantees a person’s right to choose and their freedom over personal reproductive health care choices. Today, it must do so again,” tweeted Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03).
“Today, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could strike down a woman's constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices. SCOTUS must reject this attempt to overturn nearly 50 years of legal precedent. The Senate must pass the Women's Health Protection Act,” tweeted Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03).
“The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today for a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. No matter what the Court decides, I won't stop fighting to protect every woman's constitutional right to basic reproductive health care,” tweeted Rep. Marie Newman (IL-03).
“As SCOTUS begins hearing arguments on yet another law that seeks to strip women’s reproductive freedom and aims to punish healthcare providers, we have to take every step we can to protect the right to choose. The Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act,” tweeted Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11).
“Today the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could threaten the constitutional right to access reproductive care. As a doctor, I know that a woman's personal health care decisions should be made with her doctor and family,” tweeted Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08).
“Today's Mississippi case before the Supreme Court is about more than abortion. Anyone who cares about their constitutional rights should be paying attention. This is a threat to ALL of us and our right to live with autonomy,” tweeted Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07).
“Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Mississippi case to challenge Roe v. Wade. Let me be clear: Politics has no place in the doctor’s office—the majority of Americans agree,” tweeted Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03).
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