Our country’s laws should support and safeguard a woman’s health and her right to make the best reproductive health decisions based on her circumstances.
The Supreme Court on Friday eliminated the constitutional right to obtain an abortion, casting aside 49 years of precedent that began with Roe v. Wade. It will not only severely limit abortion access for women all over the country, but will aggravate existing barriers, especially for people of color, low income individuals, and immigrants. This includes Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) women who have difficulties in accessing health care due to language barriers, have limited or no health insurance, or experience racial profiling rooted in anti-immigrant sentiments and sex-selective abortion bans.
Because the Supreme Court of the United States has failed to protect the reproductive health rights of women, ensuring access to safe and affordable reproductive health care should be a legislative priority that our state and federal elected officials must take on.
We believe in reproductive health rights for all to thrive, and to live healthy lives. This is philanthropy’s fight too. We have an important role to play in protecting the rights and safety of all women.