On 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Moms Are Horrified that Abortion Care Is Becoming Less Accessible, Less Safe, and Less Secure
“America’s moms are horrified by recent and impending U.S. Supreme Court actions that put women’s health and families’ well-being in grave jeopardy. Most people who have abortions are moms; and moms want abortion care to be accessible to all who need it, including low-income women, women of color, and immigrant women. Instead of improving access to this basic health care, politicians have been attacking and denying abortion care and our highest court is failing to protect this basic liberty.
“In fact, SCOTUS seems poised to reverse a fundamental right that has been in place for nearly 50 years, which has never happened before. Every day SCOTUS has allowed Texas’ outrageous six-week abortion ban to stand is another day when women and families are suffering. Denying access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, causes grave and irreparable harm to women and families, and especially to low-income people, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and those in other vulnerable communities.
“Moms – and grandmothers, aunts, caregivers and loved ones – want SCOTUS to strike down both the Texas and Mississippi anti-abortion laws; Congress to end the Hyde amendment and related restrictions, which for too long have banned federal insurance from covering abortion care and caused enormous hardship; and state lawmakers to reverse laws that shut down clinics, force people to travel hundreds of miles for medical care, and delay care. All these laws and barriers exacerbate systemic racism and economic insecurity, especially during a pandemic. Reproductive rights are human rights. We all need access to abortion care.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
“At both the state and federal levels, anti-abortion lawmakers and their allies are undermining access to abortion and denying people the reproductive health care they need. We urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act now, to protect access to abortion care against medically unnecessary abortion restrictions and bans; and Congress to pass the EACH (Equal Access to Abortion Coverage) Act, to reverse the Hyde Amendment and other punitive abortion coverage restrictions, which deny low-income women the ability to get the care they need when they need it.
“We need these laws and we need lawmakers to address our country’s maternal health crisis, which is affecting communities of color the most. The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths during labor and delivery of any developed nation, and Black women’s maternal mortality rate is four times that of white women. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act would address every dimension of our maternal health crisis. Congress must protect our access to abortion care and address this crisis with the urgency it deserves.”
-Statement of Tina Sherman, Senior Campaign DIrector for Maternal Justice, MomsRising
“Roe v Wade was decided 49 years ago, more than two decades before I was born. The fact that we are still fighting to protect it is unacceptable! Generations of people have put their bodies on the line for better access to abortion and the right to this basic health care. We owe our children a world where health care is accessible and affordable, and where dignity, autonomy and rights are protected. When lawmakers deny our reproductive rights, they are directly attacking Black, Latina, and Indigenous women, people living in border communities, and people forced to work jobs that don’t pay livable wages. All families and communities deserve to determine if, when, and how they will build their lives. Reproductive justice is civil rights justice, gender justice, and economic justice.”
-Statement of Diarra A. Diouf, Campaign Director, MomsRising