Senator Lankford Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court released their decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:

“I am extremely disappointed in the Court’s decision to strike down provisions of a Texas state law that would ensure common-sense medical protections for women seeking abortions. This decision by the Court will allow abortion clinics to operate at a lower standard of safety than out-patient surgical centers, putting moms at risk. The court ruled today that the right to an abortion is more important than the right of a state to protect its citizens. As we continue to fight for every life, we must ensure the health and safety of any woman who undergoes an abortion and the right of states to care for their citizens.”

In February, Lankford joined an amicus brief filed with the Court on the need to uphold legislative judgements by states regarding medical issues to ensure the safety of women.