Last night, Politico released a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would erase 50 years of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade. The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, says that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and that “Roe and Casey must be overruled.” If this is the final ruling, legal authority to regulate abortion will return to the states—and many states are poised to outlaw abortion altogether.
Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, is critical for the health and well-being of people everywhere. Overturning Roe would be an egregious violation of human rights, by denying people the right to abortion. The loss of protections under Roe will disproportionately impact Black and Brown people, people with low incomes, young people, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQI+ community.
It is important to note that this is a leaked decision, and it has not been officially released by the Supreme Court. Abortion remains legal in all 50 states, and Roe v. Wade has not yet been overturned.
If Roe is ultimately overturned, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to determine the legality and accessibility of abortion. We hope you will join us in making your voice heard in the fight to protect and defend this fundamental right.