FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2016
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement in advance of the United States Supreme Court oral arguments on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – the most consequential case for abortion rights in this country since Roe v. Wade:
“The Supreme Court, and this nation, is at a crossroads. Either we will empower women and families by protecting and expanding reproductive freedom, including the right to an abortion, or we will all but eliminate access to abortion in many states across this country. With access to abortion gone, women also lose the ability to determine our families, our lives, and our destinies.
“The anti-choice movement can’t defeat Roe v. Wade, but what they are trying to do with this case, and many others, is to make safe and legal abortion unavailable and impose their ideology on women’s lives.
“Don’t be fooled – the Texas law is not about protecting any woman’s health. It’s about trying to ban abortion by chipping away at access and undermining a woman’s autonomy. We look to the Court today to not only affirm our right to safe and legal abortion but also guarantee our ability to access that right. Seven in 10 Americans support legal abortion – we know this, and our opponents know this. We are the majority and we will not be silenced by a vocal minority.
“A woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion shouldn’t depend on her zip code, and that’s why we’re fighting back against these attacks, and working hard to protect and expand reproductive freedom for all.”