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NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Decision
Christian Miron, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:
"Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms every woman’s constitutional right—no matter where she lives—to make her own decisions about her health, family, and future. This decision makes more possible a reality in which women are able to exercise their reproductive freedom—including the right to abortion, which is supported by seven in ten Americans.
"The Justices saw what we already knew: the Texas law and others like it aren’t about protecting women—they’re about trying to ban abortion while undermining a woman’s dignity and ability to determine her own future.
"But in Massachusetts, there’s a dark cloud hanging over today’s monumental victory. That’s because Governor Baker has repeatedly refused to guarantee that his nominees to the Supreme Judicial Court support a woman’s right to abortion. The Whole Woman's Health case has brought into focus the critical role the judiciary still plays in protecting the basic constitutional rights of half of our population. If the Governor continues down the path of ignoring the most basic rights of Massachusetts women, the progress of today’s decision could be undermined right here in the Commonwealth.
"The fight to protect abortion access does not end today. Today we recommit ourselves to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all by supporting legislation that respects our rights, elected officials who fight to preserve these rights, and elected officials who understand the importance of appointing judges who respect our rights.”
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Since 1972, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts has led the way in advancing reproductive freedom for women and families in the Commonwealth. Our mission is to develop and sustain a grassroots constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy; bearing healthy children; and choosing safe, legal, accessible abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is proud to be the political leader of the pro-choice movement here in the Commonwealth. We are a state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Learn more at www.prochoicemass.org.