In a statement released today, the White House condemned the recent wave of restrictive abortion laws in Texas, calling them a “shameful attack on women’s rights and bodily autonomy.”
The statement comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by five women challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ controversial abortion ban, which effectively outlaws the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.
“The stories told today, in 2023, in the United States of America are shameful,” the statement read. “No woman should ever be forced to carry a pregnancy to term against her will, and no state has the right to infringe upon a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and future.”
The plaintiffs in the Texas lawsuit include women from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, including a college student, a single mother, and a woman who was forced to carry a pregnancy to term after her access to abortion care was cut off.
All of the women argue that the Texas law poses significant risks to their health and well-being, and violates their constitutional rights.
“We’re taking this fight to court because we know that reproductive freedom is fundamental to our human rights and dignity,” said one of the plaintiffs, who spoke at a press conference outside the courthouse. “We won’t stand idly by while politicians try to control our bodies and our futures.”
The lawsuit is just the latest battle in a long-running war over abortion rights in the United States, with conservative lawmakers and activists pushing to restrict access to the procedure at the state and federal levels.
But advocates for reproductive freedom say that they will not be deterred by these attacks, and will continue to fight for the rights of women everywhere.
“We stand with the women of Texas, and with women across the country who are fighting for their right to make their own reproductive choices,” the White House statement concluded. “We will not rest until every woman in America has the freedom to control her own body and her own destiny.”