Today the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right to abortion, overturning both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
In addition, Justice Clarence Thomas stated in this decision that the Court should reconsider all of their previous decisions regarding the right to privacy including:
- Lawrence v. Texas which decriminalized sexual conduct between consenting adults
- Griswold v. Connecticut which decriminalized contraception
- Obergefell v. Hodges which ensured marriage equality
Today’s decision will immediately impact millions of people, with twenty-six states certain or very likely to ban abortion. That means more than half of American women and transgender people who can get pregnant won’t have access to basic health care in their state. The impact will be felt the most by those who already face difficulties accessing reproductive health care, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income people.
We know that without bodily autonomy, there is no sexual freedom. This Supreme Court decision is another step to exert government control over our bodies and our lives.
NCSF is committed to fighting for your fundamental human rights. We support the nationwide protests demanding action from our local, state, and federal elected officials to protect and expand abortion access.