The Supreme Court just eliminated our federally protected right to obtain an abortion in the United States. This means access to an abortion will be decided by each individual state. But make no mistake: the legal right to an abortion has never historically guaranteed equitable access to this vital reproductive health care service. In many states, especially in the South and Midwest, people have been facing monumental legal obstacles to abortion, and systemic barriers have remained prevalent nationwide. Now, without federal protections for abortion care, restrictions will compound and disproportionately impact low-income people, BIPOC, undocumented people and migrants, LGBTQIA2S+ people, those with disabilities, people living in rural areas, and others already facing oppression.
The reproductive health field has deep roots in white supremacy, racism, and misogyny and has consequently harmed, sterilized, and killed people of color, particularly Black women. carafem is committed to ensuring we do not perpetuate this legacy, and we understand all struggles for liberation are inherently intertwined. carafem remains a proud abortion provider, and believes in the principles of reproductive justice—the “human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities,” as defined by SisterSong. From racial justice, to immigration justice, to queer and trans justice, to disability justice and more, reproductive justice has deep roots in intersectional approaches to resisting oppression.
A core tenet of reproductive justice is safe, accessible, and compassionate abortion care for all who want and need it, and we are determined to provide high-quality abortion care to the fullest extent of the law. But we need your help—with the decimation of Roe v. Wade, attacks on abortion care will only continue to increase and become even more pervasive.
In the wake of this Supreme Court decision, more than half of the states in our country have already enacted legislation to severely restrict or completely ban abortion care, making abortion inaccessible to millions of people. We know the long fight for abortion rights against this Supreme Court decision has only just begun, and we’ve been planning for this moment. carafem is ready to resist unjust abortion bans in the courts and in our health centers.
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