The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision this summer on Dobbs v. Jackson – a case based on an extreme new law in Mississippi that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.
In a devastating decision that will reverberate for generations, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling there is no federal constitutional right to abortion.
- The decision—which abandons nearly 50 years of precedent—marks the first time in history that the Supreme Court has taken away a fundamental right.
- The Court’s decision will likely lead to half of U.S. states immediately taking action to ban abortion outright, forcing people to travel hundreds and thousands of miles to access abortion care or to carry pregnancies against their will, a violation of their human rights.
- The Supreme Court is taking away the right to abortion, leaving people unable to access care and denying us our rights to make our own decisions about our lives and futures.
- Due to racism and other forms of discrimination in the U.S, the impact of this decision will cause disproportionate harm for people of color, women, those living on lower incomes, young people, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQI+ community.
Abortion is still legal in California!
Direct Legal Services
Repro Legal Helpline provides free and confidential legal advice and information on self-managed abortion to people anywhere in the states or U.S. territories (also on parental involvement laws and judicial bypass for young people under 18).
Contact the helpline to access the If/When/How’s Litigation Team (counsel and representation), the Repro Legal Defense Fund (financial assistance), and the RJ Lawyers Network (attorney referrals).
Call (844) 868-2812 if you have been threatened with investigation, arrest, or prosecution. Materials are available in Spanish, simplified Chinese, and English. The helpline can work with callers who speak nearly any language.
Direct Financial Services
Repro Legal Defense Fund provides financial assistance to people criminalized for self-managed abortion and pregnancy loss by assisting with bail, attorney fees, and defense costs.
Full financial assistance is available to: (1) people who end their own pregnancies; (2) loved ones who assist them; (3) community-based abortion providers and distributors of methods; (4) activists engaging in SMA civil disobedience.
The RLDF now provides bail support only for people jailed for providing, assisting, or receiving clinic-based or telehealth abortion care (not only self-managed abortion).
In order to ensure that the RLDF’s limited funds go to those with the greatest need, recipients must meet eligibility criteria.
Stay Safe When Researching Abortion Online
Searching for abortion information online can place you at risk if you live in a state where abortion is now illegal. The organizations below provide free, comprehensive information on how to protect yourself.
Surveilling the Digital Abortion Diary: A Preview of How Anti-Abortion Prosecutors Will Weaponize Commonly-Used Digital Devices As Criminal Evidence Against Pregnant People and Abortion Providers in a Post-Roe America
Hackblossom DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity
Hackblossom’s DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence
Our Data Bodies Project Digital Defense Playbook
Hacking Hustling is a collective of sex workers, survivors, and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt violence facilitated by technology.
Medical professionals are asking social media sites to "do no harm" and stop the spread of false abortion information online.
Health Care Providers and Non-Profits Urge TikTok, Twitter, Meta, and YouTube to Cease Facilitating and Profiting From Dangerous Medical Disinformation Regarding FDA-Approved Drugs Such as Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
In the letter, the sites are asked to:
Remove harmful medical misinformation about abortion care, such as misinformation about mifepristone and misoprostol, and remove accounts that continue to post this harmful information.
Link to medically accurate information to give correct, scientifically sound medical information about these prescriptions, like what your companies have done in response to COVID misinformation.
Add bans on medical misinformation, like misinformation about abortion, to policies about disinformation.
Use these rules for all of the languages on your platforms.
Key Points on the SCOTUS Decision
- The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ends the constitutional right to abortion as we know it and allows states to ban abortion.
- This is the most consequential case on abortion in generations. There is no path for the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban without overturning Roe, and Mississippi directly asked the Court to overturn the landmark abortion rights case.
- A majority of Americans – eight in ten – oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
- A woman can never be equal if she is denied the basic right to make decisions for herself and her family.
The basic equality and human rights of every woman in America are threatened by the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade. The right to control and make decisions about our own bodies is fundamental to our freedom and our rights as equal citizens in our democracy. It is the very essence of freedom.
- Each of us has our own unique circumstances, we should trust women to make personal, private decisions that are best for ourselves.
The Dobbs v. Jackson case is part of a coordinated series of attacks on abortion access and women’s reproductive rights by anti-choice politicians. Over 500 new restrictions on abortion access have been introduced at the state level just this year.
- These extreme new laws take many forms including criminalizing women and doctors, trying to outlaw abortion altogether, shutting down clinics, restricting access based on income level and dictating which medical procedures are available
Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, 28 states are expected to move quickly to ban abortion, 13 states have “trigger bans” already in place, which would ban abortion automatically.
- 56% of Black people in America live in the south. Many of the new laws rolling back abortion rights are in southern states - disproportionately impacting Black women.
- The United States has the second highest maternal death rate among developed countries, and Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy related death than white women. Forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies can have deadly consequences, particularly for Black women
Our opponents are not just opposed to abortion. The same people who are targeting our right to vote, banning books by Black authors in schools, passing anti-trans, and anti-gay legislation are the same people behind abortion restrictions. There is an unmistakable overlap in the states where these new laws are being introduced and passed.
- Black women have fought and died for the freedom to control our bodies from slavery to segregation to the Supreme Court. We remember a time when our bodies were treated as property, some said we were less than human, that we couldn’t be trusted with freedom.
- Black women are facing the reality of having our reproductive rights stolen by politicians at a time when our right to vote, to equal opportunities in education, and employment and to be paid the same as our white counterparts are being chipped away and undermined at the local, state and federal levels.
Access to the full spectrum of reproductive and sexual health care, including abortion is critical to our community as Black birthing people. Not only should we be able to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy, but we should also have access to the care and resources that support us in doing so.
- We believe that all women regardless of income or location should be able to access the pregnancy care she chooses free from coercion or shame in her own community.
Now is the time to make our voices heard and do what we’ve always done: leverage our collective power to organize, mobilize and vote in upcoming Federal, State and Local elections.
Donate to local and national reproductive justice organizations.
- Southeast: ARC South East
- Texas: AFIYA
- California: Black Women for Wellness Action Project
- Georgia: FWHC, SisterLove, SPARK,
- Tennessee: SisterReach
- Louisiana: Women With a Vision
- Pennsylvania & Ohio: New Voices for Reproductive Justice
- National: Black Feminist Future, Black Women's Health Imperative, In Our Own Voice - National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda