Like many of you, we were up late reading and reacting to the leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which appears to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
If true, it appears the court is prepared to make one of our biggest fears a reality: an end to the constitutional right to choose.
We are filled with frustration, anger, and sadness at what this leaked document could mean for the future. But let’s make one thing clear: this is a leaked draft opinion, not a final order of the Court. As of today, our right to choose is still legal.
And, if this does go on to become the Court’s decision, know this: the fight is not over.
If the leaked document is to be believed, this issue will be kicked back to the states. State and local organizing and elections will become more important than ever.
Our partners in the reproductive justice space have been preparing for this moment, and we are here to support them, state by state, by training and supporting them and their leaders on the ground working to protect our right to choose.
From our rights to protest and vote, to our right to love and live how we choose, we are seeing our basic human rights methodically stripped away.
Now is not the time to give up. Instead, we must band together, build power in the states and at the federal level, and do all we can to build a true democracy that serves us all.
Ways to join this fight:
- Get acquainted with the rights you have in your state constitution and how they can be strengthened. This is where the fight is going.
- Get engaged in state elections for legislators and governors and weigh in. This is where the power will be.
- Get to know your state supreme courts and the laws that protect them from being taken over by the opponents of democracy. This is where the buck stops.
- State courts are the umpires in this high stakes game. We need qualified justices who reflect the people they serve. If you’re from a state that elects judges, vote!