Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in response to a federal judge in Texas limiting access to the abortion pill, mifepristone, across the country. Mifepristone is the most common abortion method in the country, and it has been proven safe and effective. Earlier this year, she raised the alarm about far-right extremists’ efforts to ban the abortion pill nationwide with this case.
“A single right-wing judge limiting access to the abortion pill in pro-choice states is an unprecedented and unacceptable attack on women’s rights. This ruling was purely political, and it will block many women from getting the reproductive health care they need. Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, far-right Republicans have worked to strip away women’s freedoms and now they’re infringing on pro-choice states’ rights. Nevadans have spoken loud and clear: we don’t want politicians interfering in women’s health care decisions. This harmful ruling must be appealed and overturned as soon as possible,” said Senator Cortez Masto.
Senator Cortez Masto has been fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Senator Cortez Masto introduced the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 to ensure legal protections for women traveling across state lines to receive reproductive care. She has urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect the data privacy of women seeking reproductive health care and introduced legislation to make sure women across the country have access to affordable over-the-counter birth control. Just last month she took on one of the nation’s biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers to ensure Nevadans can access the abortion pill in retail pharmacies, including Walgreens.