Democracy for America celebrates SCOTUS abortion ruling, renews calls to end Hyde Amendment
Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decisive 5-3 ruling, struck down Texas laws which attempted to shutter many abortion clinics and sharply limit abortion access in the state.
Democracy for America, which has long held that access to legal and safe abortion services is a core progressive value, released the following statement from its Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, reacting to the court ruling:
"Today's decisive Supreme Court victory striking down Texas laws designed to shut down abortion clinics in the Lone Star State isn't just a victory for women, it's a critical victory in the battle against the evils of income inequality and structural racism. All women -- rich or poor, Black, Brown, or white -- deserve fair and equal access to abortion care and today's ruling helps ensure that women in Texas aren't effectively cut off from medical services they have every right to receive.
"However, as much as we celebrate today's big victory over a direct assault on abortion access, it's important to remember that every year tens of thousands of poor women, a disproportionate number of whom are women of color, are effectively cut off from access to abortion by the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of any public funds to pay for the constitutionally-protected medical procedure.
"Today's Supreme Court win shouldn't be the end of our call to ensure that every single American woman has access to the care she needs, it should be the beginning of our fight to take down every obstacle that gets in the way of realizing our Constitution's progressive values." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America