JILL TOKUDA ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Former State Senator Jill Tokuda, a candidate for Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District, issued a statement today on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade:
“It happened. The Supreme Court just ruled and told women that they no longer have the right to make decisions about their body and reproductive health. Just like that, they have turned the clock on nearly 50 years of progress for women and our right to bodily autonomy.
Last month, I stood in front of the Supreme Court building in solidarity and disbelief with hundreds of people in front of the Supreme Court when the news broke of their intent to strip away this protected right of women, and I’ve vowed to fight for these freedoms every day since.
While Hawaii has a state law protecting a woman’s reproductive freedom, there are 15 states where abortion is now immediately illegal, and plenty of states will follow. I won’t sit back and watch the girls in this country, with all their promises and dreams, grow up with less freedom than they had yesterday.
I’m determined to get to Congress and fight to make access to abortion care legal for everyone. I’ll fight to codify access to abortion care into federal law, fully fund Planned Parenthood and Title X and repeal the Hyde Amendment.
The Trump-era justices and far-right members of the GOP have shown us we cannot sit idle and take fairness and common sense for granted. Now we’re all left wondering – What’s next? Who is next?
Politicians shouldn’t decide who does and does not get access to healthcare, and I’ll fight every day so women and all the people of Hawaii have access to the healthcare they need and the ability to make the best decision they can for themselves and their family.”
For more information on Jillʻs position on reproductive rights, visit https://tokudaforhawaii.com/issues/.
Jill Tokuda is a founding member of the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee, whose mission is to support and elect pro-choice Hawaiʻi Democratic women. During her 12 years serving in the Hawai‘i State Senate, she introduced or sponsored more than a dozen bills defending women’s reproductive freedoms and expanded access to contraceptives and healthcare.