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Abortion is a fundamental human right, and Congress has to legislate it

  • Natalia Aristizabal Betancur Deputy Director
  • Becca Telzak Deputy Director
  • Sienna Fontaine Legal Counsel

As you know, earlier this week, Politico leaked an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito to reverse Roe v Wade. This is not official yet, no ruling has been made public.

Striking down Roe v Wade would disproportionately impact those who face systemic barriers to healthcare, including communities of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, working class people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This week’s news is a call to action. This attack on abortion puts our lives and our freedoms on the line, and we have to fight to make sure that people—not politicians or unelected judges—get to make our own decisions about our bodies, our families, and our futures.

It’s clear that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe, harming the people with the greatest barriers to healthcare and economic freedom the most: people of color, immigrants, poor folks, LGBTQ+ people, and especially Black folks. Black women are more likely to seek abortions, more likely to die from pregnancy and birth-related causes, and more likely to be criminalized and incarcerated as parents.

For undocumented folks, who are already excluded from crucial lifeline programs to make raising a family more possible, forced pregnancy can make financial survival nearly impossible.

Abortion is a fundamental human right, and Congress has to legislate it. Now is the time for Congress to end the filibuster and codify the right to abortion. With Democratic control of the White House and Congress, eyes are on Congress to take action, not just talk about it.

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We know that this isn’t only about abortion rights, and may impact so many other rights we enjoy based on the fundamental right to privacy. This includes the right to love and marry whom we choose, regardless of race or sex or gender, and the right to full autonomy over our bodies. Currently, Trans youth are being attacked by multiple state legislatures and denied the right to full dignity under the law—this decision will impact their right to self-determination as well.

Make the Road New York members, and members of our sister organizations across five states, will continue to fight alongside all of those who are most impacted by this decision.