Austin, TX – In a leaked draft obtained by Politico, Justice Alito writes “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
“The overturning of Roe would almost immediately lead to stricter limits on abortion access in large swaths of the South and Midwest, with about half of the states set to immediately impose broad abortion bans.” [Politico, May 2, 2022]
Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature already enacted a trigger law to prohibit abortion by making it a crime. These criminal penalties will be effective 30 days after a final Supreme Court opinion is released.
Avow Executive Director Aimee Arrambide issued the following statement:
“For over 8 months, Texans have been dealing with a near-total ban under SB 8, forcing the majority of Texans needing abortion care to travel out of state, delay care, or forgo care altogether. We have been ringing the alarm that what happens in Texas, doesn’t stay in Texas and that the crisis Texans have been facing for 8 months could be the reality for half the country when the Supreme Court officially rules in Mississippi’s Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health.
We want to remind people that abortion is still legal in most of the country, but tonight’s leaked opinion proves what abortion advocates in red states already knew: the state of abortion access is about to get worse before it gets better. We need to be clear in naming what these decisions are rooted in – white supremacy – and who will be impacted the most when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade – it will be Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled folks, trans people, minors, and low-income communities. Abortion advocates in red states are resilient, we’re committed to fighting back, but it’s going to be difficult and we will need our communities’ support more than ever.
Most importantly, we need solidarity from other movements – if past decisions have shown us anything it is that the issue of abortion is a testing ground for the kind of rogue and cruel legislation they intend to pass on other issues. If 50 years of precedent means nothing for abortion rights, it also means they’re coming for voting, racial, housing, and environmental rights to name a few.
If Texans need help accessing abortion care, they can visit needabortion.org, for people outside of Texas, they can visit ineedana.com.”