Kaine Statement On Supreme Court Ruling In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:
“I applaud the Supreme Court for seeing the Texas law for what it is – an attempt to effectively ban abortion and undermine a woman’s right to make her own health care choices. This ruling is a major win for women and families across the country, as well as the fight to expand reproductive freedom for all.
“The Texas law is quite similar to arbitrary and unnecessary rules that were imposed on Virginia women after I left office as Governor. I’m proud that we were able to successfully fight off such ‘TRAP’ regulations during my time in state office. I have always believed these sort of rules are an unwarranted effort to deprive women of their constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy.”
In January 2016, Kaine signed an amicus brief in the case, urging the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade and reject Texas’ effort to undermine a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care choices.