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Lawmakers from OR and WA release statements in support of SCOTUS ruling against Texas law

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After the Supreme Court ruled against a Texas law that would have limited women’s access to reproductive health services, many local lawmakers weighed in on the ruling.

The 5-3 ruling struck down Texas HB-2, which would have put strict requirements on health care clinics and doctors who provide abortion care, and has been met with positive responses Oregon and Washington lawmakers.

Governor Kate Brown noted that while the ruling was a victory for reproductive rights advocates, the fight was not over.

"While today gives me hope, I know our fight for women's reproductive health rights is not over. In the steady barrage of attacks to limit abortion access, I stand firm in supporting the rights of women to control their own bodies. We must be vigilant in addressing health disparities for our sisters of color and women and families living in poverty. I support contraceptive equity and age-appropriate health and sexuality education for all young people. Together, with our communities and like-minded leaders, we can build a legacy for women and families that ensures the future health and well-being of our state."

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington noted that while the Roe v. Wade affirmed a woman’s right to choose, the ruling Monday will help guarantee women the ability to exercise that right.

“Four decades ago, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right of every woman, no matter where she lives, to make her own decisions about her body, her family, and her future. Today's ruling recognizes that a right means nothing without the ability to exercise that right-and it upholds and preserves the historic decision in Roe v. Wade so our daughters and granddaughters' rights and opportunity are protected.”

Sen. Ron Wyden said that the ruling reaffirmed the right for women to “make their own choices about their bodies.”

"In the United States, women have a constitutionally protected right to make their own choices about their bodies. The Supreme Court's decision today reaffirms that guaranteed right and begins to reverse the tide of extreme and unreasonable regulations on women's health care clinics.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley added that the decision rejected the idea of politicians putting “themselves in the exam room with women and their doctors.”

"For more than four decades, politicians have consistently tried to put themselves in the exam room with women and their doctors.  Today, the Supreme Court has resoundingly rejected that approach and affirmed the constitutional right of women to make their own health care decisions.”

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who was one of 162 members of Congress that filed an amicus brief supporting the Texas abortion provider who challenged the law, said she was ready to fight attempts by other lawmakers to restrict services.

"Attempts to limit women seeking access to safe and legal abortion, like the Texas law challenged in this case, are unconstitutional. I celebrate this victory today, and stand ready to speak out and fight back against attempts by Congress and other state legislatures to limit access to contraceptive and abortion services. Women have and deserve the right to make their own health care decisions, and I will continue to champion the right of all women to do so."

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