RMC advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses bipartisan call for the United States Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2

Today, RMC advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman joined a media call to discuss the bipartisan call for the United States Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2 and affirm longstanding precedent by upholding the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services.
In January, Whitman joined RMC and Republican office holders in submitting an amicus brief in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case involving the HR2 restrictions that block access to safe, legal abortion and threaten to close family planning clinics.
Check out RMC’s Press Release!

Republican Majority for Choice leads bi-partisan call for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Constitutional protections of liberty and privacy.

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2016 – Today Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) advisor Governor Christine Todd Whitman affirmed that the core GOP ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion must extend to social issues, including a woman’s right to choose.

In January, Whitman joined RMC and Republican office holders in submitting an amicus brief in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case involving restrictions that block access to safe, legal abortion and threaten to close family planning clinics. “As a life long Republican I hold dear our core party ideals of individual freedom and limited government intrusion,” said Governor Whitman. “Respecting individuals and recognizing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body seems to me to be an inherently conservative principle.”

Governor Whitman was joined today by Congressman Mark Veasey, a Texas Democrat, and Kathryn Kolbert, the attorney who argued the 1992 Casey case before Supreme Court case, in outlining the bipartisan call for the Court to affirm longstanding precedent by upholding the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services.

An unprecedented collection of diverse organizations and individuals filed forty-five amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas HB2 which has already led to the closure of family planning clinics. These briefs reflect bipartisan consensus among members of different political parities, trusted medical experts, pediatricians, family physicians, public health specialists and faith leaders.

RMC National Co-Chair Candace Straight, a lead signer for the RMC amicus brief stated, “For forty-three years, the right to privacy and to make personal medical choices have been guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of the United States.” Straight continued, “Abortion is controversial and divisive, an issue where people of good conscience disagree. However, it is not the role of the government to dictate morality. Implicit in the right to choose is the right to seek moral guidance from within oneself and one’s community, from spiritual advisors and trusted confidants.”

The following current and former Republican officeholders joined RMC National Co-Chairs, Susan Bevan and Candace Straight in filing the brief emphasizing the belief that ideologically motivated legislation designed to deny individual rights is antithetical to the Republican philosophy and that only through small, less intrusive government will individual rights be honored and preserved.

The Honorable Nancy Johnson – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut

The Honorable Constance Morella – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Maryland

The Honorable Claudine Schneider – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Rhode Island

The Honorable Christopher Shays – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut

The Honorable Richard Zimmer – Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of New Jersey

The Honorable William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts

The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey

The Honorable Carolyn Allen – Former Member of the Arizona Senate Former Member and Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives

The Honorable Steve Cloud – Former Member of the Kansas House of Representatives

The Honorable Elizabeth Coulson – Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

Representative Sarah Davis – Current Member of the Texas House of Representatives

Representative Kathy Hawken – Current Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives

The Honorable Lucile P. Hicks – Former Member and First Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
 Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Honorable Brian Lees – Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate

The Honorable Becky Morgan – Former Member of the California Senate

Senator Richard Ross – Current Member and Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
Former Member of the Massachusetts House
of Representatives

Senator Diane Snelling – Current Member of the Vermont Senate

The Honorable Richard Tisei – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 
Former Member and Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate

The Honorable Daniel B. Winslow – Former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

The Honorable Corinne Wood – Former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

 

 

 

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