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Wasserman Schultz Statement on Whole Woman's Health Decision


Date: June 27, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Women Abortion

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court announced its decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt:

"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which reaffirms a woman's right to make her own decisions about her body and her health. In today's decision, the Court stated in no uncertain terms that a statute placing a roadblock in the path of a woman's right to choose is unconstitutional.

"This decision is a victory for all American women and their families, and should move us to fight that much harder to breakdown all barriers to access to reproductive health care. Sadly, those barriers -- including waiting periods, funding bans, and other prohibitions on safe methods of reproductive care -- still exist in too many states in this nation, including my home state of Florida.

"It is my deepest hope that with this latest decision, my Republican colleagues in Congress and in state and local legislatures across the country will finally stop trying to insert themselves into decisions that are best left between a woman and her doctor. As the Supreme Court stated unequivocally in 1973 in Roe v. Wade, in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and now again today: laws like Texas' H.B. 2 and other similar ones place a "substantial obstacle in the path of women," constitute "an undue burden on abortion access," and most importantly, "violate the Federal Constitution."

"It can't be said enough: laws like H.B. 2 and similar laws violate the Constitution. Period. Until Republican lawmakers at every level of government get the message, I will continue to shout it from the rooftops, and will not rest until every woman is able to fully realize her constitutional right to access legal abortion."