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States Must Not Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement about the Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling that a Texas law restricting access to abortion is unconstitutional. The state law required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and required abortion clinics to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers.

“Today the Supreme Court affirmed—yet again—the right of women to comprehensive health care,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Attempts to limit women seeking access to safe and legal abortion, like the Texas law challenged in this case, are unconstitutional. I celebrate this victory today, and stand ready to speak out and fight back against attempts by Congress and other state legislatures to limit access to contraceptive and abortion services. Women have and deserve the right to make their own health care decisions, and I will continue to champion the right of all women to do so.”

Bonamici, a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, joined 162 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Texas abortion provider who challenged the state law.

Posted on June 29, 2016.