Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, issued the following statement today following the Supreme Court's decision in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt:

"We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down these cruel and insincere efforts to interfere with a woman's basic constitutional right. But this is hardly the end of the matter. Since Roe v. Wade was handed down, the ACLU of Rhode Island has been forced to sue the state at least half a dozen times over restrictive abortion laws. Although every one of those suits has been successful, Rhode Island continues to impose significant barriers to a woman's right to choose, allowable under other U.S. Supreme Court rulings.  As a result, much work remains to be done to make our state a place that respects reproductive freedom."