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Washington D.C – Today, in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban abortion, the League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement from President Gene Karpinski and Board Chair Carol M. Browner:
“Today is an infuriating day. For the first time in our history, the Supreme Court has taken a fundamental right away from the people. Eight in 10 people in this country support the legal right to abortion and this decision is an outrageous overreach by an extremist majority on a Supreme Court captured by far-right special interests. The decision to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent will deny access to essential healthcare for millions of people, especially those who already carry the greatest burdens from attacks on democracy and environmental, economic, and health injustices, including communities of color, communities with low-wealth, and rural communities.
“Make no mistake, today’s decision is the result of a concerted decades-long right-wing effort to capture our courts and roll back the rights of women, girls, and all people who can become pregnant. We can’t wait to correct this captured Court – Congress must act immediately to rebalance the scales for a more just, honorable, and equitable judiciary, and expand the number of justices who serve on our nation’s highest Court.”
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