According to a leaked majority draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of Mississippil’s abortion restrictions in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case and will subsequently remove the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. This opinion is likely shared by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), issued the following statement in response:
“Despite the leaked draft opinion by Justice Alito, abortion is still legal in the U.S. and NBEC is committed to defending this right as well as ensuring its equitable access to all communities. An opinion from one justice is not the final say on abortion rights in this country and we look forward to the final decision by the Supreme Court this summer.”
“As a reproductive justice organization advocating for the human rights of Black women and birthing people locally and transnationally, NBEC also recognizes the limitations of this framing. Equitable access to safe abortion is one of several human rights that should be guarnteed and protected by our country. What Alito’s opinion offers is a rather limited understanding of the racist and gendered oppression carried out by states under the guise of states rights.”
“I know Justice Barrett and my daughter went to the same high school she did in New Orleans, LA. It’s one of the best schools in the state and prepared my daughter well for many things in life. We owe it to all women and girls to ensure they are prepared and are able to fulfill their potential in life as well as have the human right to decide when and how they will have a family.”
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The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is a fiscally sponsored program of the The Praxis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Founded by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, NBEC is one of the nation’s leading experts and an advocate for change in the Black maternal health and infant mortality crises. NBEC’s mission is to create transnational solutions that optimize Black maternal, infant, sexual, and reproductive wellbeing. We shift systems and culture through training, research, technical assistance, policy, advocacy, and community-centered collaboration. Visit www.birthequity.org for more information.