Mandela Barnes
Press Release

The Burden is Undue

SCOTUS Upholds Every Woman’s Fundamental Right to Safe, Legal Abortion

By - Jun 27th, 2016 12:03 pm

MADISON – Wisconsin State Representative Mandela Barnes (D – Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding today’s historic SCOTUS decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersted:

“Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld a woman’s constitutional right to make her own healthcare decisions in a powerful and historic win for the reproductive rights movement.

“In their ruling, SCOTUS struck down laws claiming to protect women that in reality placed a constitutionally undue burden on access to abortion. The laws struck down in Texas today were not designed to protect women’s health – rather, they were written to shut down clinics and effectively prevent a woman who has decided to have an abortion from actually getting one.

“I applaud the SCOTUS decision and reiterate my belief that a woman has sole authority over the decisions she makes about her body. I would also like to congratulate Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the patients they serve today, as this win comes in no small part because of the efforts of their organization. I stand with PPWI and all the tremendous work they do advocating for a woman’s right to healthcare across our state and our country.

“Today marks a win for women’s rights, but this fight isn’t over yet. Rather than continue to be divided by health inequities, we need to work to protect and expand ‪‎reproductive freedom until they are a reality for all.”

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