Forty-six years ago today, Roe v. Wade gave us the constitutional right to abortion. Today, we celebrate all Roe has granted us, and pledge that we won’t give up the fight for abortion access for all.
Despite the fact that the majority of Americans support the landmark decision, Roe has never been in more danger. With an anti-abortion rights majority on the Supreme Court, a number of legal challenges to restrictive laws - law that disproportionately affect people of color, young people, low-income individuals and people living in rural areas --making their way through the courts, and state legislators in Texas and Louisiana determined as ever to attack health care, access to abortion is on the line.
We recognize safe, legal abortion is already out of reach for many in the areas we serve. As we continue to provide care to over 48,000 patients across Houston and Louisiana, we understand that this historic Supreme Court decision doesn’t reflect the reality of access to care on the ground. We firmly believe no one should have to travel hundreds of miles to access abortion care. No person should be shamed or stigmatized for their personal decisions. No one should be forced to choose between making rent or getting medical care. That’s why we do this work.
On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we pledge to work towards a future where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are, where you live, or how much money you make. At Planned Parenthood, we care -- no matter what, and we won’t stop fighting until all our patients have access to the care they need.