STATEMENT ON THE LEAKED OPINION TO OVERTURN ROE
Kristen Day, Executive Director, Democrats For Life of America
The time to overturn Roe is long past due, but we should not be celebrating just yet. First, we need to remain calm and wait for the official decision from the Supreme Court.
Second, if the Supreme Court does choose to overturn Roe, it will return the legal questions back into the hands of the people and those they elect. We have an incredible amount of work ahead to ensure that we protect women and children in a post-Roe world.
The Court clearly made a mistake 50 years ago when it took away these decisions from the people, and now we as a nation are so polarized that we forget that there are real people involved. This should not be about the next election. This should be about women, their families, and their children.
Many states have chosen to eliminate health and safety regulations governing abortion in response to the possibility that the Supreme Court might overturn Roe. They have voted to allow non-doctors to perform abortions on women. They have lowered their regulatory oversight of chemical abortions. Mail-order abortion pills have inflicted significant trauma on many women who used them and even sent them to emergency rooms.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have states limiting abortion from 6 weeks to 20 weeks. Still, some of those states lack the infrastructure to connect pregnant women with available resources to help them stay in school, continue their careers or have essential resources to support their growing families. More needs to be done in this regard.
Democrats For Life is calling for calm, reflection, and, yes, vigorous civil debate on how best to help women and the babies they carry.
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