DAGA Co-Chairs on US Supreme Court Decision to Hear Mississippi Abortion Case

May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford released a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case, a case pertaining to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The case is widely considered a direct challenge to Planned Parenthood v Casey and Roe v Wade.

Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association

“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court should cause alarm. Reproductive rights, including access to abortion, should never be up for dispute. That is why Democratic AGs have used every legal tool available to protect people’s right to choose their reproductive care.”

“The involvement of Republican Attorneys General in this direct attack on people’s rights is why we are committed to electing leaders up and down the ballot, including Democratic Attorneys General, who will fight to protect reproductive rights for all, including access to abortion.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 18 Republican AGs filed an Amicus Brief in support of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.
  • In 2019, the Democratic Attorneys General Association became the first (and remains the only) Democratic Party committee committed to only supporting AG candidates who publicly support protecting reproductive rights, including access to abortion. Read more here.
  • Democratic AGs have a long track record of speaking up and fighting back against attacks on people’s reproductive rights:
    • As access to reproductive care came under attack during the COVID-19 crisis, Democratic AGs recommitted their support to protecting reproductive rights.
    • Democratic AGs were involved in protecting June Medical Services, an abortion clinic that came under attack in Louisiana.
    • Democratic AGs spoke up around the “6-week abortion ban” in Georgia in 2019.
  • For more on Democratic AGs work to protect reproductive rights, including access to abortion, read here.

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