After the Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas’ six-week abortion ban and Republicans’ continued threats to reproductive health care, leaders of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, and the North Carolina Democratic Party released the following statements underscoring the stakes of the 2022 midterms and defeating anti-choice candidates in the U.S. Senate race.
Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic Executive Director Alison Kiser released the following statement:
“With the U.S. Supreme Court now turned against the right to bodily autonomy, the path to protecting access to abortion rests on the shoulders of our elected officials. This very well may be the beginning of a post-Roe reality, and we can no longer count on the courts to protect access to abortion. If North Carolina fails to elect candidates who support reproductive health care next year, we can expect to follow in Texas’s footsteps. And if we do not want to see the Supreme Court erode our rights and freedoms for the generations to come, then we must send a leader to the U.S. Senate who will champion reproductive freedom for all.”
NARAL Pro-Choice NC Advocacy and Organizing Manager Lynne Walter released the following statement:
“Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, access to abortion has been under constant attack at the state and federal levels. Over the last several years in particular, we’ve seen numerous extreme abortion bans filed and passed into law in states across the country, including Texas’ SB 8. With an anti-abortion U.S. Supreme Court that is exceptionally hostile to both reproductive freedom and their own precedents and procedures, now, more than ever, we need a U.S. Senator from North Carolina who wholeheartedly supports abortion access and bodily autonomy and who will push for federal legislation that codifies Roe and ensures access to abortion for everyone.”
North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement:
“Every single Republican Senate candidate on the ballot has a proven record of attempting to strip away the right of pregnant people to make their own health care decisions. Their anti-choice agenda makes the stakes of the midterm elections crystal clear — if elected, they will continue to fight to undermine the right to choose. In 2022, we will hold them accountable for their attacks on reproductive rights and send a Democratic Senator to Washington who will fight to uphold the protections under Roe v. Wade.”