U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Women’s Access to Abortion
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.
The court will see a serious challenge to affirmative action, new threats to contraceptive access, and a potential watershed case for reproductive rights.
AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs.
According to the Supreme Court, an employee’s contraception is her boss’s business after all. The disappointing decision has the potential to affect millions of women employees nationwide.