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?
First, sign petitions and donate to worthy causes like Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America.
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.