APHA applauds Supreme Court for protecting reproductive health

Date: Jun 27 2016

Contact: Daniel Greenberg, 202-777-3913.

APHA applauds Supreme Court ruling to protect women’s access to reproductive health care

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2016 — Today, the American Public Health Association applauded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to safeguard women’s  reproductive health. By striking down a Texas law that imposed harmful and medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics and clinicians, the court protected meaningful access to vital reproductive health services — as well as setting a strong legal standard to protect public health in states beyond Texas.

"It has been APHA’s longstanding position that access to the full range of reproductive health services, including access to safe and legal abortions, is a fundamental right and integral to the health and well-being of women and to the public’s overall welfare," said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. "Today’s decision means that safe, local reproductive health care cannot be denied based on out-of-touch medical practices that serve no benefit to public health.

"APHA will continue to call on policymakers to reject laws like H.B. 2 that reduce access to vital reproductive health services. Simply put, limiting access creates poorer health outcomes for women, their partners, their families and the health of the public.

"Today, the Supreme Court sent the unmistakable message that safe, legal and accessible abortion is the law of the land, regardless of the political climate.”

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