With its ruling on June 24th, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, dismantling the constitutional right to abortion that has stood for nearly 50 years. Roe is overturned at a time when 26 states are poised to ban abortion which will leave 36 million people who can become pregnant without access to care in their home state.
Residents of the District of Columbia face a unique peril. With no voting representation in Congress and a legal framework requiring that laws passed in the district pass a Congressional review, conservative lawmakers — who do not represent Washingtonians who are overwhelming prochoice — may try to enact federal laws specifically to deny DC residents access to abortion care.
Despite the Court’s failure to defend this fundamental freedom, abortion is still legal in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC is committed to providing care to all who come to us in need.
As the oldest and largest provider of reproductive health services in the area, with health centers in DC and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (PPMW) knows that personal medical decisions about people’s sexual and reproductive health should be made by patients, and patients alone. Politicians and judges should never be making personal medical decisions about other people’s bodies.
Generations before us have fought tirelessly to gain and protect the rights we have today. Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC will not back down. We will fight to make sure that everyone in our region has the power to control their own bodies, lives, and futures. We will continue to provide abortion to our patients and we will continue to work with local elected officials to to protect and expand access to safe, legal abortion here in the DMV, no matter what.