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WASHINGTON D.C. – After the Supreme Court of the United States moved to undo the right to choose legal and safe abortion for millions of Americans in today’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS), issued the following statement:
“Stripping away Americans’ freedom to make decisions about our bodies, health, economic independence, safety, and future is an injustice and a tragedy. Pregnancy is not something that should be forced on people by the government, it’s an individual’s freedom to make that choice.
“Make no mistake: this is part of a broader assault on our fundamental rights, including our right to vote, to privacy, and to love freely — all to impose the extremist views of a few on the majority
“The politicians who put these extreme justices on the Supreme Court and made today’s unprecedented ruling possible are behind the all-out assault on democracy and voters’ power to fight back at the ballot box. They know that our freedom to vote and our freedom to choose go hand in hand. By attacking one, they’re seeking to eliminate the other.
“This year, the right of the American people to choose elected officials who will protect all of our fundamental rights is on the ballot. Pro-democracy Secretaries of State are the defense against efforts to tilt elections against the majority of voters who support legal abortion care.”
“This means that our power to choose is on the ballot. And in November, voters should choose Democratic Secretaries of State.”