Kuster Speaks on House Floor in Support of Reproductive Freedom as Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Roe v. Wade
Washington, December 1, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Today, as the Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a direct challenge to the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) spoke on the House floor on the importance of reproductive freedoms.
“For nearly half a century, Roe v. Wade has ensured women have the freedom to control their own bodies and make their own personal reproductive decisions,” said Rep. Kuster. “Generations of women have lived their entire lives with the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion – today, that is at stake. The Supreme Court is poised to make one of the most consequential rulings in its history, and the freedoms of hundreds of millions of Americans hang in the balance. We must enact legislation to codify the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Kuster helped introduce and pass H.R.3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021. This legislation will codify the constitutional right to an abortion as established in Roe v. Wade, create federal protections against state laws that fail to protect women’s health and that intrude upon personal decision-making, and prohibit medically unwarranted restrictions that single out abortion services or the facilities that provide them.
Watch Rep. Kuster speak on the House floor here or read her remarks below:
Thank you Madam Chair.
The Supreme Court is poised to make one of the most consequential rulings for women and their bodies in a generation.
For nearly 50 years, women have come to rely on the precedent of Roe v. Wade and the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions without government interference in their personal lives.
Now, those freedoms are under attack as the court considers a case asking for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.
As an adoption attorney for 25 years, I worked with more than 300 birth mothers making the most difficult and personal decisions of their lives.
They consulted family, loved ones, and doctors, but no one looked to the government to make that choice for them.
Earlier this year, I helped pass the Women’s Health Protection Act — legislation to codify the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.
Regardless of the Court’s decision, we must make this bill law to permanently protect the reproductive freedoms of women.
Thank you, I yield back.