June 24, 2022

STATEMENT: Gallego on the Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that overturns federal constitutional protections for the right to obtain an abortion. 

Statement from Rep. Ruben Gallego:

"Today, I am enraged – as many of you are. For nearly 50 years, the United States has protected the right to a safe, legal abortion. But today the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court, hellbent on rolling back women’s rights, chose to take our country backwards and endanger the lives of American women by ripping away the right to choose.

"The ruling will have especially harsh consequences in Arizona. Our state’s long and storied history of attacking reproductive freedom mean that Arizonans will feel the impact of this right being stripped away almost immediately. With today's opinion, women and families across the state can no longer count on getting the healthcare they need.

"The Court's conservative majority does not reflect the majority opinion of Americans on this issue and is a reminder that who we choose to lead our country directly affects our everyday lives. That is why we must be resilient and press forward to pass legislation codifying the right to an abortion. If that means eliminating the filibuster, then it must be eliminated. 

"Make no mistake, this decision strikes against the heart of our American values and will cost American lives. But I for one will not allow my anger to blind us to what we must do to protect women across our country, and I remain committed to fighting for solutions that will make today's unsound ruling null and void."