Voto Latino Rallies Alongside Reproductive Justice Advocates During Supreme Court Hearing of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
Voto Latino joins more than 2000 rally goers to protect women’s reproductive rights
WASHINGTON, DC – March 2, 2016 – Today, Voto Latino rallied alongside reproductive justice rights advocates as the Supreme Court held a hearing in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, urging them to reaffirm every woman’s right to access safe and legal reproductive care. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is the most significant abortion rights case in front of the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years and its ruling could impact safe care for women.
Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar issued the following statement,
“We are at a crossroads in our democracy where a woman’s right to choose what is best for herself and her family is in the hands of disgruntled politicians. This Texas law has already shut down 23 clinics across the state, leaving only 19 clinics to serve 2.5 million Latinas.
“This law is an injustice against all women, especially Latinas, who already face incredible barriers to abortion access. In Texas, Latinas who live along the border are much more likely to have attempted a self-induced abortion because of a lack of access.
“Instead of providing resources and services to women making deeply personal decisions, politicians are making it increasingly difficult, sometimes even impossible, for a woman to access high-quality reproductive care.
“The Supreme Court has continuously reaffirmed a woman’s right to make her own decision and we look toward the Justices to once again uphold the Constitution in this case.”