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Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Supreme Court 5-3 Decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

June 27, 2016
Press Release

Washington DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down parts of a 2013 Texas law that restrict abortion access.

“I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing that this law did nothing to protect women’s health, but instead created an undue burden on women seeking abortions in Texas. It should not matter what state you live in, women in all 50 states should have access to quality and safe healthcare. This 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in decades. The decision protects abortion clinics nationwide and signals enduring trust in women and families.

This ruling reinforces that the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families. We must get past the ignorance, fear, and—yes—discrimination against women that lead to restrictions on contraception and age-appropriate sex education. Only then can we hope to continue to make significant advances in what should be our true, shared objective: reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, which make up the vast majority of abortions. This not a partisan issue, but instead a personal one. This decision is a major victory for families around the country, but the fight continues,” said Congressman Ryan.