FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2013
Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear potentially two cases that could significantly impact women’s reproductive rights. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
“The same week the Supreme Court issued a historic victory on marriage equality and dealt a devastating blow to voting rights, the Court announced it will hear arguments in one case and may hear arguments in a second during the next term that could have lasting effects on an individual’s right to make their own reproductive-health care decisions. The first case is a challenge to a Massachusetts’ ‘buffer zone’ which protects women seeing a doctor at a health-care facility from protestors. NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts was a strong supporter of this law and spent considerable effort on its enactment. The second case will address an Oklahoma law restricting medication abortion.
“While we are all supportive of rulings that affirm protections for women, women’s access to reproductive-health care could hang in the balance of this deeply divided Supreme Court. Women cannot afford to lose reproductive rights on the wrong side of another Roberts court decision. These cases are a reminder of why courts matter. We and our more than one million member activists around the country work diligently to elect those who will nominate and support federal judges who put aside political ideology.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”