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BREAKING: Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court to Further Erode Abortion Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 2, 2020
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Sens. Tillis, Ernst, Cornyn, and other anti-abortion politicians sign amicus brief asking SCOTUS to reconsider Roe v. Wade in upcoming abortion case as support for Roe hits an all-time high

Washington, DC Today, more than 200 members of Congress — including vulnerable anti-abortion politicians like Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), all of whom are up for re-election in November — signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutional right to access an abortion. The case concerns Louisiana’s Act 620, a medically unnecessary abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt just three years ago. If the Court defies its own precedent and lets the law stand, it would leave Lousiana with just one abortion provider and put abortion access at risk for 25 million women of reproductive age nationwide.

In addition to asking the Court to uphold the medically unnecessary Louisiana law, these members of Congress also asked the Supreme Court to consider overturning the landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — which guaranteed constitutional protections to abortion access — despite the fact that a record 77% of Americans support Roe v. Wade.

Statement from Samuel Lau, Director of Federal Advocacy Media, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“Americans have made their voices heard loud and clear that politicians who put our rights and freedoms on the chopping block are at risk of losing their jobs. Yet today’s amicus brief, signed by members of Congress like Rep. Lipinski and Senators Tillis, Ernst, and Cornyn, goes against the will of the people. These anti-abortion politicians are making it very clear — they want the Supreme Court to effectively ban abortion, precedent be damned. To the members of Congress who signed on to this amicus brief: Brace yourselves for the consequences you will face at the ballot box in November.”

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will make a historic investment of at least $45 million in key battleground states during the 2020 cycle. In October, Planned Parenthood Votes released a new “Candidate Spotlight” tool that details the presidential candidates’ stances on birth control, abortion access, reproductive health care, and more.

Background: Reproductive health is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election — and a winning issue for candidates.


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