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Monday, June 24, 2024

Two Years After Dobbs Decision, Magaziner Recommits to Restoring Roe v. Wade as Law of the Land

First, we have to win in November

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, Representative Seth Magaziner issued the following statement:

“Women deserve the right to make their own decisions about abortion – not politicians,” said Rep. Magaziner. “The extreme politicians and judges who want to roll back the rights of millions of Americans have made clear they were not going to stop at Roe – now they’re trying to restrict access to birth control, in vitro fertilization and other reproductive health care services. We can’t let them succeed. I’m fighting to restore Roe v. Wade as the law of the land once again.” 

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, stripped away the right to abortion and abandoned nearly 50 years of precedent in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision. Since then, abortions have been banned in almost all circumstances in 14 states and counting. In at least half a dozen others, they are heavily restricted, making it nearly impossible for people to access care. 

In state legislatures and courts across the country, extreme lawmakers and judges are attempting to further restrict abortion, put doctors at risk of prosecution for providing abortion services, criminalize interstate travel to obtain abortion care, and curtail access to reproductive health care – including in vitro fertilization and birth control. Currently, one in three women are living without access to abortion. 

Several high-profile stories have highlighted the dystopian reality of a post-Roe America, including a woman who had to carry her dead fetus for two weeks, a ten-year-old rape victim who had to travel to receive an abortion, and doctors who are unable to provide health care services to save the lives of pregnant women. 

Rep. Magaziner is an original cosponsor of  H.R.12: Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which is the only legislation that enshrines the principles of Roe v. Wade into law. WHPA creates a statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care and for their patients to receive that care, free from medically unnecessary restrictions that single out abortion and impede access. 

Additionally, Rep. Magaziner is a cosponsor of H.R.7059: Abortion Care Capacity Enhancement and Support Services (ACCESS) Act of 2024, to authorize a grant program to increase capacity for providing abortion services and other sexual and reproductive health care. 

Rep. Magaziner is also a cosponsor of H.R.7056: Access to Family Building Act, to establish a federal right to access assisted reproductive technology, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). He is the proud father of a child who was conceived through IVF. 

Rep. Magaziner is a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus and received a 100% score on the Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly known as NARAL Pro-Choice America) 2023 congressional record on reproductive freedom.