U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Women’s Access to Abortion

AAUW rallies during Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt oral arguments in March 2016.

June 27, 2016

AAUW applauds today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional right of all women to make decisions about their health, family, and future without needless barriers. The high court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt sends a message to politicians in Texas and across the country: Political interference in the right to safe, legal abortion will not be tolerated. AAUW members have made the protection of reproductive rights a policy principle since 1977.

AAUW believes that this case is about more than reproductive health; it is about upholding women’s dignity and autonomy. “Today’s decision is good news not only for the women of Texas but also for women’s health and rights as a whole,” said Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations. “This landmark decision continues the powerful momentum for women’s rights and against interference in women’s access to health care. But the fight to protect abortion access doesn’t end today: Advocates must remain steadfast in ensuring that clinics remain open and that other barriers to reproductive care are eliminated,” said Maatz.




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