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A letter from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto to all Americans dealing with reproductive rights…

Thank you for contacting me regarding the critical issue of reproductive rights. Like you, I am gravely concerned about threats to a woman’s right to choose.

As you know, in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. The Supreme Court has continually upheld Roe, safeguarding women’s access to critical reproductive health care, including abortion—and rightly so. Without access to essential reproductive care, women’s physical, emotional, and economic health suffers, as does the health of their families. They can face life-threatening pregnancy complications and long-term health impacts.

Anti-choice officials in state governments, Congress, and now the Supreme Court have attempted to roll back women’s access to the full spectrum of reproductive care. As we learned in May from a draft opinion, the Supreme Court is poised to strip away these fundamental freedoms from women around the U.S. by overturning its own precedents. This would be one of the very few times in American history where the Court has taken away rights, rather than expanding them. If this draft stands, young women today will have fewer choices than their mothers and grandmothers had.

I will always protect a woman’s right to choose, and I remain committed to opposing any attempt limiting access to safe reproductive care services. In Nevada, we believe women should be free to make their own health care choices without interference from politicians. The Senate should pass legislation to protect the right to choose across the country because we must put into law what the large majority of Nevadans and Americans want: to let women make their own decisions.

I am proud to cosponsor several bills protecting access to abortion services, including the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act. The EACH Act would not only require federal health insurance programs to provide coverage for abortions services, but would also prohibit state and local governments from restricting abortion coverage by private insurance companies. The Woman’s Health Protection Act, that I voted in support of twice this Congress, would prohibit the government from imposing onerous restrictions on women seeking reproductive care.

Women use the full range of reproductive health care to make important decisions about their physical and mental health, their economic future, and their families’ well-being. Access to reproductive care is being eroded again and again across the country, and I will continue to stand with the majority of Nevadans who believe that people should be able to access the critical health care they need. If we want future generations to grow up with the same freedoms we have had, we must act. Women in America should be trusted to make their own decisions about their health, their families, and their lives. I believe in American women, and I will fight for them.

Thank you, again, for sharing your views on this important issue. I appreciate hearing from you and your input helps me be a better voice for Nevadans. Please continue to share your thoughts with me as I work to represent our great state in the United States Senate.

 

Sincerely,

Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senator

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