Congressman Jim Himes, the incumbent Democrat representing Connecticut’s 4th District, and his likely Republican challenger, Jayme Stevenson, released statements concerning the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“A Republican-appointed Supreme Court just struck down 50 years of precedent in an abhorrent assault on the basic American right to seek health care,” Himes said. “Make no mistake, this ruling is a targeted attack on bodily autonomy and denies women the most basic freedom: to control their own bodies, healthcare and future. This ruling does not reflect the will of the people, but rather the radical politicization of America’s highest court.
“The fight isn’t over,” he continued. “Connecticut remains a safe haven for women in need of abortions, but Congress must use every tool at our disposal to ensure that all Americans have full access to reproductive care and the right to govern their own bodies.”
Stevenson also opposed the court’s decision:
With the repeal of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the medical equity millions of women have understood to be their right for 50 years is now gone.
No matter a woman’s views on the deeply personal abortion issue, women are afraid and frustrated, and they feel as if their voices no longer matter,” Stevenson said. “In short, they’re feeling “less than.” And that’s not acceptable.
As the Republican candidate for Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District, I pledge to work tirelessly as your representative to restore our hard-fought rights and protect medical equity for all women.
Jim Himes has had more than 13 years to codify women’s rights at the federal level but has failed to act. We must elect more women to Congress. I’m the only candidate in this race with the experience to represent the generations of Fourth District women who demand more than political rhetoric. As your Congresswoman, I pledge to fight for the individual rights of women and all Americans.
I know the decision to have an abortion is incredibly personal and difficult. As a mother of five – including four daughters – our family has had tough, emotional discussions since the Supreme Court decision. We strongly believe in protecting every woman’s ability to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their family and health care provider.
Additionally, we must work with parents and young adults, so women and men are informed and aware of all the options available to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Making birth control readily available and affordable is a common sense step to keeping abortion legal and rare. Further, we must continue to empower people to take personal responsibility for their choices.
The Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe has reignited the fight to protect and strengthen women’s rights. As your Congresswoman, I will be a champion for women and families.