Only One Week Left: Whole Woman’s Health v. HellerstedtPosted: February 24, 2016
Next week, the US Supreme Court will hear final arguments for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case originating in Texas regarding women’s reproductive health rights. Stephanie Toti, the head litigator for the case with experience in advocating for reproductive health rights, will argue that the growing number of laws restricting women’s access to safe abortions is unconstitutional.
This case has major implications on the state of women’s reproductive health– not only in Texas, but also nationwide. As some lawmakers attempt to circumvent the Roe v. Wade decision using TRAP laws and other regulations specifically targeted at abortion providers, clinics around the country are closing, making it increasingly difficult for women to receive adequate reproductive health care. TRAP laws successfully close clinics by imposing extreme regulations that force providers to pay exorbitant amounts of money for implementation– making it too expensive to stay afloat and to continue offering their helpful services.
Toti notes the obvious repercussions this case’s outcome would have on the national state of women’s health: “The standard that the Supreme Court sets in this case will affect access to abortion all over the country. If these Texas laws are upheld, similar laws currently subject to litigation in other states will be, too”—in places like Louisiana, Kansas, Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. And if those states follow suit, “it will threaten to eliminate abortion access for women,” she says.
The United States can’t afford to move backward instead of forward on an issue that affects women, families and the economy. We know there are proven, effective ways to lower the rate of unintended and teen pregnancy and the rates of abortion while upholding the constitutional protection of privacy and individual freedom to make medical decisions.
Republican Majority for Choice has been front and center in this debate. We are successfully lobbying Congress to maintain funding for common-sense, effective preventive family planning programs. Additionally, our group has joined the fight at the Supreme Court by filing our first-ever amicus brief by outlining key GOP arguments for why the court must find these TRAP laws unconstitutional.
The RMC team will be at the Court on March 2nd showing our support when the justices hear this case. Our National Co-Chair, Susan Bevan, will act as a key speaker at the rally and press conference ensuring Republican voices are heard and represented. Pro-choice Republicans are not anti-life– we are standing up for the core GOP ideals of limited government control and personal freedom. We hope you join us on March 2nd at the Supreme Court to support our efforts, press work and lobby work in person. However, if you can’t be there, you can still show your support and let your voice be heard by donating today.
We need your support to ensure success is these vital efforts to ensure personal liberty.