On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, Americans must take action to ensure access to critical health care
Fifty years ago, a very different U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.
Radical right-wing extremists control the Supreme Court and serve in elective office. We have fewer freedoms than we did a generation ago. We suffer, and women die because of it. When the Supreme Court ruled last June to strip away our rights to abortion care, it opened the floodgates for states to pass abortion bans and put our health at risk.
One in three women across America have already lost access to abortion. And more restrictions are coming.
Fifty years after Roe, we all live in a separate and unequal country where you may or may not have the right to receive critical needed medical care.
We already see the effects in our communities. State abortion bans prevent cancer patients from getting chemotherapy. Women with chronic diseases can’t get the medications they rely on for treatment, because they could or might become pregnant. Patients with ectopic pregnancies or undergoing miscarriages can’t get life-saving medical care.
States that banned abortion already had higher maternal death rates and fewer doctors. Conservative legislators in many of those states have refused to expand Medicaid to more working class families, putting their health systems further into crisis and causing more hospital shutdowns — especially in rural areas. Read more