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March 02, 2016

Aguilar: Protect Access to Women’s Reproductive Health Care

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar highlighted the urgency of safeguarding women’s reproductive health care in his statement honoring Women’s History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of March. 

“As we honor the extraordinary achievements of women throughout American history, we are reminded of their bravery and conviction to securing equality and justice across all boundaries.

“We remember the sacrifices women made for the right to vote, equality in the work place and for access to fundamental health care. While we have seen some progress in these areas, women today are still fighting the same battles their mothers and grandmothers were forced to endure decades ago.

“Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that threatens to close multiple abortion facilities in Texas and strip millions of women from accessing critical reproductive health services. This case is the most significant reproductive rights case in over twenty years, and the ruling may set a dangerous precedent and have devastating consequences for women across the nation.

“Attacks on women’s health must stop. In the past year, we witnessed Planned Parenthood fall victim to fraudulent and baseless accusations, and we watched horrific violence erupt at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility. The dangerous rhetoric and vicious treatment of women’s reproductive rights must come to an end.

“We cannot be silent while the assault on women’s rights continues. We owe it to the women of history who got us here and to the future generations who will carry us forward, to end this fight once and for all.”

Rep. Aguilar is fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights and has been a consistent supporter for policies that safeguard and strengthen women’s reproductive health. He is a proud member of the Pro-Choice Caucus. Rep. Aguilar joined his colleagues in Congress and signed an Amicus Brief, calling on the Supreme Court to uphold women’s constitutional right to make their own health decisions.