On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion in the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case. The 5-3 ruling blocks Texas’s harmful Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, which would have created an undue burden for women seeking abortion by making demanding, egregious requirements for abortion clinics. TRAP laws would have forced more than three-quarters of abortion clinics in Texas to shut down, thereby putting at risk the health of women, particularly working low-income women.
Today, SCOTUS also made great strides in its Voisine v. United States decision. The ruling asserts that reckless domestic assault qualifies as a misdemeanor of crime of domestic violence, therefore barring individuals from owning or buying guns under federal law. Domestic violence and guns are known to be a deadly combination, increasing a woman’s chance of being fatally shot in a domestic violence situation.
These rulings are victories for working women across the nation. They reaffirm women’s fundamental, constitutional health and human rights. Today, in our fight for social and economic justice, the fight for gender equity is more important than ever. Access to reproductive health care and the freedom of choice, and protections against violence bring us closer to a society characterized by gender-parity. We applaud the Supreme Court.