June 24, 2022

Senator Haskell Releases Statement In Response To Supreme Court Ruling On Abortion Rights And Access

Today, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) released the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health to effectively strike down Roe v Wade, which has codified the right to seek an abortion for nearly 50 years.

“Is it possible to be unsurprised but stunned? Today, our country took a devastating step backward. Now, states must follow Connecticut’s lead by insisting that abortion is health care and ensuring all are welcome to exercise their rights here.

For the first time, the Supreme Court has taken away a broadly popular and often-exercised right. And they won’t stop here. In the text of today’s decision, Justice Thomas laid the groundwork to ‘correct the error’ of rulings allowing contraception, same sex relations and gay marriage.

I thank Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan for their dissent, ‘with sorrow – for this court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection.'”