Hoyer Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Strike Down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey
June 24, 2022
For Immediate Release: June 24, 2022
Contact: Maya Valentine, (301) 464-5710
BOWIE, MD - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey:
"Today's Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey is a devastating blow to women's rights in America. This is a dark day for Americans and a frightening time for many. For nearly fifty years, Roe v. Wade has withstood its constitutional challenges, consistently affirming to women in our country that they have a right to make their own reproductive health care decisions. Today, a generation of young women and girls -- especially in Republican states hellbent on rescinding abortion access -- will grow up facing extremist barriers when pursuing health care. The harmful ramifications of this ruling are broad and will be particularly dire to women of color and low-income women who already must deal with health care inequities on a daily basis.
"While Republicans are cheering this decision, America is hurting. When women's rights are attacked anywhere, democracy is threatened. I was glad to help pass the Women's Health Protection Act in Congress, and I am relieved that Maryland has already taken steps to safeguard abortion rights - but more must be done. Maryland must elect leadership on July 19 that will uphold the legacy of Roe. v. Wade and America must vote to expand our Democratic majority in Congress to codify Roe into federal law. I will do everything in my power to reach that goal."