Supreme Court Decision Overturns Protections Ensured by Roe v Wade
‘Crushing Blow to Human Rights,’ Says HCDP Chair
In a “crushing blow to human rights,” the U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark decision affirming the constitutional right to abortion.
Ignoring established legal precedent, SCOTUS ruled 6 to 3 on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, upholding a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
In response to the announcement, Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement:
“SCOTUS returned the verdict we expected, but that doesn’t make it less devastating.
“We are angry on behalf of everyone who has the reproductive capacity to become pregnant – because access to safe and legal abortion services is no longer guaranteed. And we know because of this decision made by SCOTUS, people will die.
“The news today from SCOTUS is a crushing blow to human rights.
“This decision will enable narrow-minded Republican lawmakers to trigger discriminatory and draconian abortion laws in states across our nation.
“How should we respond when those tasked with protecting our best interests — those entrusted with protecting basic human rights — fail to live up to our expectations, our requirements for the job?
“The Harris County Democratic Party calls on anyone who cares about human rights to immediately get involved in the fight against the Republican lawmakers who are hell-bent on taking away what defines us as a nation.
“Volunteer with organizations like ours, as well as reproductive rights organizations. Commit to voting for Democrats who will defend your rights instead of taking them away.
“Texas is set to fully ban abortion in 30 days, and a recent University of California study found that more than a quarter of the abortion facilities across our nation will close.
“Yet, we all know people will continue to seek abortions, and as state laws become more restrictive, the risk of complications from unsafe abortions drastically increases.
“We also know Black and Latino Texans will be disproportionately impacted by banning abortion.
“Abortion is an essential aspect of health care, and we will continue to fight for this human right. Access to legal and safe abortion care should be guaranteed for all who need it.”
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2022
Contact: Elisa Rochford