For Immediate Release
NARAL Statement on SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt Today
WASHINGTON - 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."
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."