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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent and eliminated the federal constitutional right to abortion, stripping people of the right to control their own bodies. This final decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization comes 7 weeks after the leaked draft decision and could lead to 26 states swiftly moving to ban abortion.  The consequences of this devastating decision will fall on those who already face the greatest barriers to health care due to this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination, including Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, people with low incomes, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and people living in rural areas.

The court’s decision goes against the will of the American people, 80% of whom support legal abortion. Even with today’s devastating decision, abortion is still legal in Connecticut and Rhode Island. People who need care should go to abortionfinder.org or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Statement from Amanda Skinner, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England:

This is personal. We are all outraged and devastated that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and taken away our federal constitutional right to abortion. The Supreme Court has just undone nearly 50 years of legal precedent and can no longer be counted on to uphold our fundamental freedom. By stripping Americans of their federal constitutional rights, this ruling will begin a ripple effect — spreading abortion bans across the country and allowing lawmakers to have free rein in personal medical decisions.

The consequences for people across the country will be heartbreaking.  More than 36 million women and many more people who can become pregnant could immediately lose access to abortion. Let’s be clear – this decision goes beyond abortion. This is about who has control over you and your body, who has the authority to make decisions for you and your future.   

Abortion remains legal in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Our health centers are still open and providing abortion care. We will continue to do whatever we can to provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health care services. Planned Parenthood will never back down. We are here for you, your health, and the health of your community—no matter what.



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