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Monday, June 27, 2016

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health V. Hellerstedt

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:

"For many years, the Supreme Court has maintained that regulations with the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion constitute an undue burden on women trying to exercise their reproductive freedom, and are contrary to principles enshrined in the Constitution.  I am pleased that the Supreme Court has reaffirmed this longstanding principle in its decision today.

"When we filed a brief in this case, the Department of Justice made clear that we believe laws like the one at issue here unfairly restrict women's rights, negatively impact women's health, and undermine the state's interest in protecting the safety and welfare of its people.  In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue fighting against laws like this one.  And we will continue to defend the constitutional rights of women across America - including the right to reproductive freedom."

Press Release Number: 
16-748
Updated June 27, 2016