Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement ahead of the Supreme Court hearing oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health, a case concerning legislation in Mississippi that would ban abortion after 15 weeks and a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
“The case being argued in front of the Supreme Court today is by far the biggest threat to women’s constitutional right to reproductive freedom in almost three decades, and we have to fight back. Roe v. Wade has been established precedent for over 50 years, and the overwhelming majority of Nevadans and all Americans believe that decisions about whether and when to have a child should be between a woman and her health care providers. We must do everything we can to protect a woman’s right to choose. I’ll continue to fight in the Senate to make sure women can control their lives and their futures.”
Senator Cortez Masto has been a tireless advocate for reproductive rights in the U.S. Senate. Earlier this year, she raised the alarm about the danger the Dobbs case represents to Roe v. Wade and joined Congressional colleagues in filing a brief in the case urging the Supreme Court to uphold Roe. This fall she called on Congress to do more to protect women’s health care by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation she cosponsored to guarantee equal access to abortion everywhere. She was a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s efforts to limit access to family planning and reproductive health care and worked to block federal court nominees who would roll back women’s health care and reproductive freedoms.