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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.

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Jan Robinson Flint, Statement on SCOTUS Roe V Wade Decision

Black Women for Wellness is sad though not at all surprised by the ruling today. In real time we see a country that has more protections for guns than it does our children, that refuses to dig deep to address racism, that has rolled back the rights of birthing folks, that is killing our planet and ignoring the working and poor people of this country, we are not defeated.

Our work is long-term, it is big and it is bold, and so is our determination.

The need for abortion does not disappear when access to abortion is denied, it goes underground. Safe and affordable abortion for working class and poor women will become much more difficult.

Black Women for Wellness / Black Women for Wellness Action Project is working with partners, allies and our state California to provide a safe space for those in need of abortion services. BWW knows that abortion is a basic human right, it affords people who can become pregnant the dignity of bodily autonomy.

Although many of us knew this decision was coming, it doesn’t take away from the sting and betrayal of seeing the final decision. Today the court stripped away the right of millions of women and birthing people to have safe and legal abortions, shifting that back to the states.

Over 26 states are positioned for near to total bans of abortions, with several of them starting today. But it can not be overstated what this means for Black women. What we know is this, Black women are going to die trying to get an abortion, Black women are going to die because they couldn’t get an abortion, and Black families are going to suffer because the fundamental right to choose if, when and how to start family will not be so in over half of the States in the Country. We know that the criminalization of Black bodies, and particularly in this case, Black women around pregnancy loss will be devastating.

This ruling impacts not only access to abortion, but to reproductive health services overall, but SCOTUS knows that, as this 50 year march has never been about improving health services, it is focusing on imposing the rule of the few, denying basic human rights and dignity. This SCOTUS decision undermines the legitimacy of the court, this arm of government as a representative of the people. The majority of people support access to abortion as a basic human right.

Our call to action, today breathe, this is a battle, not the war. Just as the need for abortion is not going away, abortion is not going away. There are people, organizations, health care providers who are aware and prepared to be of service. Tomorrow, talk with your people, friends, family to emphasize abortion is a basic human right and we are not giving up our basic human rights. Period. Then join the protest, the action taking place near you. Finding solidarity with people is empowering, this decision today is impactful acknowledge that, embrace the sadness, the anger, however join with your people so it channels into productivity.

We have work to do!

This ruling means that Black bodies which have always been more policed, will be even more policed. Repercussions of this ruling means that Black bodies will be more policed, criminalized and denied basic human rights from health care to voting as a result. Today’s decision will have rippling impacts, however we have the opportunity to shift those impacts toward a future that is promising. It is our hope, more eyes are open to the impacts of racism and misogyny, that more are called to action for work that dismantles systemic racism, that eradicates poverty, that lifts human rights and dignity for all. It is absolutely necessary because unless we are all free, no one is free. The SCOTUS ruling is a call to join the movements for human rights, reproductive and social justice.

They will be dark days in our near future, but Black Women for Wellness and Black Women for Wellness Action project is standing shoulder to shoulder with the reproductive justice movement because we know when we can’t back down, our lives our on the line and too much is at stake.

Today we mourn, we get angry we hug, tonight we rally. Tomorrow we strategize and we continue to fight for a country that our ancestors dreamed of. We honor the Black women who never gave up, even though they had every reason to do so.

“Forward Ever, Backward Never, Forward on our feet and not on our knees.” (Maurice Bishop)

“If you dare to struggle – you dare to win” (Fred Hampton)

Black Women for Wellness will continue the critical work for reproductive justice that includes access to affordable, safe, legal abortions, for all women, no matter where they live, who they are, or how much money they have or do not have.

Key Points on the SCOTUS Abortion Access Decision

  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion as we know it and allowing states to ban abortion.

  • This is the most consequential case on abortion in generations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Since 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 bans 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.

Impact on Abortion Access

  • 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.

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