“When abortions are made illegal or restricted, Black women disproportionately suffer.”
BROOKLYN (MAY 3, 2022) – Today, Higher Heights for America PAC –- the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women – released the following statement in response to a leaked memo stating that the Supreme Court privately voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade case that has guaranteed the right to abortion for a half-century:
“This news is shocking and, if true, an abhorrent rollback of women’s rights. When abortions are made illegal or restricted Black women disproportionately suffer life-threatening complications and even death. What’s more, many of the states poised to ban abortion access in the wake of this dangerous decision are listed among those with the largest Black populations. For poor and working-class women, a disproportionate number of whom are Black and brown, overturning Roe won’t mean that abortions will end. It will mean that safe abortions in healthcare facilities will move out of reach. Black women are disproportionately more likely to have low incomes, live in rural areas, and lack access to health care due to systemic racism and discrimination.
We stand with our allies in this moment to continue the fight for equitable access to safe and legal abortions for all women. Now is the time that we must stand firmly and not back down from the fight – given its inevitable impact on our communities.”
Higher Heights for America PAC is the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at the federal and statewide levels and as mayors in the 100 most populated U.S. cities. For additional information, visit https://www.higherheightsforamericapac.org.