Atlanta, GA– On May 2nd there was a leaked SCOTUS draft decision showing the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the constitutionally protected right to abortion ensured by the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision.
Currently, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and in a 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, bar states from passing laws that restrict abortions before the point of fetal viability — around 24 weeks of gestation, and require that laws regulating abortion not pose an “undue burden.”
However, should those cases be overturned as SCOTUS seems poised to do, individual states would be able to restrict when and how women could terminate their pregnancies, without federal courts having a say over the legality of those rules.
As such, states could impose much tighter restrictions on abortion than ones currently in place or ban abortion all together without fear of the federal courts stepping in to overrule said violation of a woman’s fundamental right to choose.
Women Watch Afrika is disappointed but not surprised by the leaked SCOTUS draft decision. That said, such a decision is uncalled for at a time like this. In a land that is supposed to be more advanced and that is supposed to advocate for freedoms and rights, this decision is taking the nation backwards. It is pulling the country back towards the time when Black people were enslaved and had no control over their bodies, and to when all women were considered property. We stand in solidarity with our partners and communities as we continue the fight for women’s rights. The explicit denial of federal protection over a woman’s right to her body is a serious disregard of fundamental rights. And as usual, this decision and all decisions like this, will always affect the marginalized communities hardest: people of color and low-income communities are most vulnerable to this, though it affects us all. Now more than ever, voting for the right issues matter: women’s rights are human rights. ” ~Preye Cobham, Esq., Legal Director, Women Watch Afrika
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