On November 13, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, a case challenging two onerous abortion restrictions. The case will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm. At issue in the lawsuit are the kind of laws that would be prohibited if the Women’s Health Protection Act is enacted.
For more than 40 years, the Supreme Court has affirmed that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health and family. Laws like the one in Texas that is under review have been developed by politicians to sneak around the Constitution and end abortion by preventing women from accessing legal health services.
While it is essential that the Supreme Court protect our rights in this case, it is also the responsibility of Congress to enact policy that advances reproductive health and upholds these constitutional values.
The case will be heard this spring, with a decision expected in June 2016. This is a pivotal moment in our movement, and you can use the
case as a conversation starter about the need for federal policies that improve access to reproductive health care.
Learn more about the case at protectabortionaccess.org.