06.28.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Reject Unconstitutional Wisconsin Law on Women’s Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States rejected an appeal from Wisconsin to revive a law restricting access to safe and legal reproductive health services signed by Governor Walker.  In November 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit concluded that Wisconsin’s law on admitting privileges was unconstitutional. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down a similar Texas law:

“Politicians like Governor Walker may think they know better than women and their doctors. They may even think they know better than our Constitution. The fact is they don’t. The Supreme Court’s decision to deny this appeal should send a clear message to politicians to stop playing doctor by passing and signing unconstitutional laws that attack a woman’s freedom to make her own personal health decisions without political interference.

“The landmark decision by America’s highest Court on Monday to strike down an unconstitutional law in Texas reaffirms that women in Wisconsin and across the country have a constitutional right to make their own health choices and access safe reproductive health care. The Court made that crystal clear today when they rejected an appeal to revive Wisconsin’s unconstitutional attack on women’s health.”