HUGE SETBACK IN REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
On June 24th, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade, meaning that a national level individuals no longer have a constitutional right to abortion which they have had since 1973. Now it is up to each state to establish laws restricting or protecting abortion.
Our U.S House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act last September (2021). This legislation includes legal protections and safeguards for both abortion providers and abortion care patients at the federal level. However this bill didn’t have the 60 vote filibuster-proof threshold needed to pass the U.S. Senate.
At present, abortion is illegal in at least 7 states and 13 other states in have laws in place to outlaw or heavily restrict abortion. Individuals with limited finances having to travel across state lines will face more financial hardships such as paying for travel, childcare, and missing wages from work.
Washington State has strong laws protecting a person’s rights to have the full range of reproductive care, including a right to privacy. Governor Inslee has said at a recent press conference that he will seek to enshrine the right to personal choice into Washington’s constitution.
As more families come from other states that have new bans or restrictions, WA residents may find longer wait times and fewer appointments.
Presently, our work in reproductive rights advocacy centers on these four areas:
- Advocating for programs and laws to improve living conditions and family resources for the already-born children in families below the Federal Poverty Level.
- Calling upon our U.S. senators to take a public stand and use legislative strategies related to family planning legislation to nationally guarantee and protect the right to personal choice.
- Calling upon President Biden to use his executive powers to provide a full range of family planning services on federal lands.
- Actively supporting the election of strong pro-choice candidates at local, state, and national levels by donating, canvassing, phone banking, and text banking.