The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled to overturn Roe vs Wade, ending access to safe and legal abortion across all 50 states.
This outrageous decision means that many women will lose their ability to make decisions about their own bodies, and how to manage their health in the way that’s best for them, whether that means choosing between having children or not, taking control of when they might want to start a family, or protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Why is this ruling important?
This ruling affects every person in America, regardless of personal stance on abortion. It is important that every woman, and people with a uterus, in America be able to make decisions about their own body.
The effects of this reality are undoubtedly alarming for all but would be felt to a disproportionate magnitude by historically excluded communities, like Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities.
With several Republican-appointed justices on our nation’s highest court, it’s clear that we are at risk of losing women’s rights. Regardless of your position on abortion, you can’t deny that lessening access would be devastating for women across America.
So what can we do?
Second, contact your elected officials and let them know that overturning Roe v Wade is not something you stand for. Find your local officials here.
Third, get involved in local reproductive justice organizations to support women who can’t access abortions locally.
Finally, make sure you vote in November—and every election from here on out.
We are here for you
We need to support each other in any way we can—not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Knowing you are not alone goes a long way.
In the coming days, we will be researching and putting together a guide on how to access a safe adoption. We will also be adding additional resources to our database to support those seeking abortion aid.
We are enraged by this decision, and we won’t stand by while these rights are taken away from us.