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Kaine Statement on Moyle v. United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Moyle v. United States, which dismissed the case, allowing Idaho doctors to perform some emergency abortions while the case is pending in the lower courts but leaving doctors and patients nationwide in limbo about the scope of their access to emergency abortion care:

“This decision only temporarily protects access to some emergency abortions in Idaho. It doesn’t negate the fact that we still need to pass nationwide protections to allow Americans to make their own health care decisions without government interference. There are efforts in states across the country to restrict access to abortion, contraception, IVF, and other reproductive health care services. I will continue working to pass legislation in Congress like my bipartisan Reproductive Freedom for All Act to protect Americans’ reproductive health care.”

Kaine has long championed efforts to protect reproductive freedom. After the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Kaine worked across the aisle to introduce the Reproductive Freedom For All Act, a bipartisan bill to bring back Roe and related cases’ protections for access to abortion and contraception. Earlier this month, Kaine voted to pass the Right to Contraception Act and Right to IVF Act, but both bills were blocked by Senate Republicans.  

A majority of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, and nearly seven in ten Americans want federal action to protect abortion access.