On Friday, June 24, 2022, women and birthing people across the country found themselves in a nightmare scenario. Early in the morning, they had made their way to local clinics to terminate their pregnancies, many traveling long distances and overcoming financial and logistical barriers to accessing an increasingly jeopardized service. At 9:00 a.m. ET all of that changed. Doctors and providers were forced to turn patients away in droves — the service they had come to receive was now illegal.
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, takes reproductive rights back over 50 years. By eliminating federal protections for abortion access, millions have been thrust into a reality in which where they live now determines their ability to access life-saving and deeply personal healthcare services. The implications of this decision will be felt across a swath of issue areas as BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ folks, and those with low incomes bear the brunt of the fallout. Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion especially creates a dangerous precedent that indicates the Court may be reconsidering cases that protect same-sex marriage and contraception access.
While attacks on bodily autonomy impact us all, for BIPOC women and birthing folks the impact is disproportionately devastating. Read full blog post here>>>