Shaheen Statement on SCOTUS Consideration of Case Threatening Roe v. Wade

May 17, 2021

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to news that the Supreme Court will take up a case from Mississippi that could ban most abortions after 15 weeks in one of the most threatening challenges to Roe v. Wade in nearly 50 years.

“This is deeply disconcerting and puts the rights and freedoms of women across the nation at risk. Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for nearly fifty years – we cannot, we will not, go back to a time where women are forced to seek back alley abortions. The obsession over women’s health in state legislatures – and among many in Congress – is utterly shameful. There can be no equivocation: women’s health decisions belong to them and them alone,” said Shaheen. “State laws like those being proposed across the United States put women’s lives in danger, particularly those in underserved communities. The Supreme Court’s decision to review this case is the most direct threat to the future of Roe v. Wade to date. From New Hampshire to Mississippi and throughout the country, women and allies must stand up and fervently push back against the continued assaults on women’s reproductive freedoms. It is time to sound the alarm.”