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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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