A leaked document from U.S. Supreme Court shows that they have likely voted to eliminate Roe V. Wade and end the legal protection of abortion rights. If true, this generation would be the first in almost 50 years to come of age without the constitutional right to abortion care in the United States.
We cannot let the Supreme Court turn back the clock. The impact of this decision would extend far beyond the right to access abortions, with devastating consequences.
Punitive abortion restrictions disproportionately affect BIPOC women, LGBTQ persons, young women, immigrants, low-income people, and others who have difficulty accessing reproductive health services. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it would significantly change who has access to safe abortions, and there will undoubtedly be an increase in deaths of pregnant people from under-served and marginalized communities.
For 50 years, armed with the knowledge that the right to determine their reproductive future was protected, women, trans men, and nonbinary people have been able to invest in and plan for their future. Abortion bans could limit their education and career opportunities, creating lifelong impacts for themselves and their families.
Each one of us faces our own unique circumstances and potential challenges. We must be able to make our own decisions based on our values, the advice of the medical professionals we trust, and what’s right for our family. We all deserve access to quality and affordable health care - including abortion care.
YWCA supports the reproductive freedom of all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children. We must use this moment to declare our vision for what full rights look like for all of us, for our children, and for generations to come.
We applaud Washington State leaders for joining national protests against the decision to end abortion rights. South Seattle Emerald reported on the rally in Kerry Park this week, where political leaders condemned the draft opinion and Governor Inslee emphasized that Washington will remain a pro-choice state.
No one should have to cross state lines to receive critical medical care. Every person has the constitutional right to make decisions regarding their reproductive health, and the Women’s Health Protection Act is a step towards protecting these fundamental freedoms.
The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1975/H.R. 3755) protects the right to access abortion services, free from burdensome and medically unnecessary restrictions, including mandatory ultrasounds, waiting periods, biased counseling, and irrelevant medical testing. The bill also protects providers offering abortion services to ensure abortions remain safe and accessible.
Let’s raise our voices and call on elected officials to take immediate action, and urge them to support and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Here’s a few more resources to learn more and show your support in the fight for freedom, dignity, and reproductive justice for all!
News to read:
- What Happens to Washington Abortion Access If Roe Is Overturned
- ‘Fight like hell’: Rallies follow leaked abortion decision
- Black and Hispanic people have the most to lose if Roe is overturned
Groups to support:
Social media hashtags: #StandForRoe #MyDecisionAlone #BansOffOurBodies #ReproductiveJustice #DefendAbortion #MyBodyMyChoice #EmpowerWomen
Annalee Schafranek is the Marketing & Editorial Director at YWCA. She contributes agency news, press releases, and media coverage to the website. Annalee’s educational and professional experience has always focused on the place where gender equity and media meet.
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