James Mackler: “Women who cannot make their own  health care decisions are not free.”

James Mackler: “Women who cannot make their own health care decisions are not free.”

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2020

NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran, James Mackler, candidate for U.S. Senate from Tennessee, today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo – the state of Louisiana’s “almost word-for-word” version of a Texas law that was struck down as unconstitutional in the 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

“Women who cannot make their own health care decisions are not free, and that’s not who we are as Americans,” said James. “Today, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed this Constitutional right — and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee should read this decision before signing the legislature’s latest unconstitutional attack on Tennessee women, as I suggested to him in writing today. I have fought to defend individual rights on the battlefield and in the courtroom, and I’m running for Tennessee’s open seat to do so in the U.S. Senate.” 

The Russo decision comes in the wake of the Tennessee Legislature passing one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. The Tennessee Journal, covering the session, reported the “Senate dangles approval of abortion bill to get House to back down on budget,” before the vote, making it clear the legislature knowingly traded away the Constutitonal rights of Tennessee women to overcome a budget impasse. The vote occurred in the dead of night at 12:30 AM, and after State Troopers cleared the public from the gallery. 

A longtime champion of women, James has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL as the best “champion for Tennessee women and families” in the race for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, James has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, Minority Leader Karen Camper, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.