June 27, 2016/Press Releases

CT Dems’ Reaction To SCOTUS Rulings

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Alynn Woischke released the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court rulings striking down Texas’s anti-abortion law and asserting that domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanors and can restrict the right of those convicted to possess firearms.

“The Whole Woman’s Health case is yet another reminder that reproductive rights continue to come under attack from Republicans across the country. From Texas’s blatant attempt to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, to Donald Trump’s preposterous assertion that women should be punished for exercising their right to choose, the Republicans’ attacks on women’s health are relentless.

“Connecticut Republicans have shied away from making their feelings on reproductive choice known. Republican congressional candidate Clay Cope has even insinuated that, because he has neither a wife nor a daughter, he does not care about women’s health issues. This is unacceptable. With their party taking concrete steps to restrict access to safe, legal reproductive health care, Connecticut Republicans need to be very clear about exactly where they stand on women’s health issues.

“The Supreme Court also rightly decided that those convicted of domestic violence can lose the right to posses deadly weapons. This is a major victory for victims of violence, and it is a reminder that – thanks to Democrats – Connecticut is leading by keeping guns out of the hands of people under temporary restraining orders. The evidence is clear: a woman is 500 percent more likely to be killed if her abuser has access to guns. Connecticut’s new law will literally save lives.”