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ROE V. WADE
Today, the Court discards that balance. It says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of.Sonia Sotomayor
WE WILL NEVER RELINQUISH OUR POWER
Last week the Supreme Court issued a final ruling, overturning Roe v. Wade and wiping away the constitutional right to abortion. In doing so, the Court permitted many states to make abortion illegal or at least highly restricted and inaccessible.
This decision, cold and calculated as it is, will predictably end the lives of many people afraid, trapped, and unable to control their own bodies. We know this ruling will undoubtedly hurt Black, brown, and Indigenous people the most, especially those struggling to make ends meet.
The consequences for Latina survivors of gender-based violence will be severe: “it will be just that much harder and more dangerous.” It will also be detrimental to undocumented people who already face many barriers to accessing proper medical care. This decision is gut wrenching, but we will never relinquish our power.
How can you be pro-life and force a young girl to become a mother before she can get her driver’s license?Olivia Julianna
STORIES OF ABORTION & RESISTANCE
Our stories connect and bring us closer. In community, we can learn from each other and find the strength we need to fuel ourselves and for generations to come. For mitú, Camila Barbeito shared Rita Moreno’s own abortion story and how easily she could have lost her own life. “This is about each of our lives and our freedom to control our own destinies.” For Refinery29, Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro shared her abortion story and her journey to now become the co-executive director of the Florida Access Network. “Pregnant people’s lives should not be interfered by the government, period.”
Abortion rights activist Olivia Julianna uses TikTok to harness the political power of Gen Z to take action, even organizing an effort to spam an anti-abortion group that enabled private individuals to sue anyone who helped facilitate an abortion. As a queer Mexican woman, Olivia calls her advocacy, her calling.
WHAT WE CAN DO
This is not something that is going to be solved in a day, or in an election, or in a year. So we’ve got to strap in. This is a generational fightRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y)
WE KNOW HOW TO PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT
This is about more than just abortion. It is about more than just pregnancy, birthing, and the ability to plan one’s family. Abortion intersects and affects everything from housing, to education, to childcare, to paid family leave.
We know we are all inextricably linked and we are not free until all of us are. That’s why we’re making space for our community to build a path together toward reproductive justice and lifting up organizations and grassroots organizers leading and working on this for the Latinx community and beyond.
- California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
- El Pueblo
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
- Bold Futures