Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to review a lower court’s ruling preventing the 2018 Mississippi 15-week abortion ban law from going into effect, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court has the opportunity to protect reproductive health care and access for thousands of people in Mississippi and millions across the country. The court must reject the systematic campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade that would put abortion out of reach for everyone, and instead, reaffirm what we already know: abortion is an essential component of health care and economic security for women and their families.
“This case will not only impact people’s reproductive rights and access today, but for generations to come. It sets a dangerous precedent that makes life harder for people already struggling with basic access to health care because they live in rural communities, are stuck in low-wage jobs without benefits, or have lost jobs, health coverage and income because of the pandemic. What’s more, it will also pave the way for more attacks and embolden some elected officials who are already committed to passing unconstitutional laws and punitive restrictions on abortion care.
“Denying people access to abortion, a basic health care procedure, has long-term negative impact on health, mental health and the economic well-being of the whole family. Especially in these tough times, courts must reject partisan anti-abortion restrictions to shame, punish and deny women the services they need. It’s time to affirm that every person will be able to make their own decisions about what’s best for their future.”