Overturning Roe is a blow against economic justice

Commentary Photo by Miki Jourdan, flickr.com

Photo by Miki Jourdan, flickr.com

June 24, 2022By Alejandro Queral

We are appalled by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Reversing nearly 50 years of legal precedent protecting the right to an abortion will have deep economic repercussions, especially for pregnant people of color, those living in rural areas, and those with low-incomes.

Abortion is healthcare; it is also a fundamental right. The Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health robs patients seeking abortions of their basic bodily autonomy. Taking away the ability of people to decide if and when to start a family undermines our collective efforts to achieve economic justice. Without freedom of choice, pregnant people aren’t able to control their own economic futures — whether it’s the ability to establish a career, pursue education or training, or simply have the economic independence promised by the American dream.

The repercussions of the Dobbs decision could go even further. This Supreme Court ruling could be used to curtail access to contraceptives and undermine privacy rights, including the right to marry whomever we love. Efforts to further restrict reproductive freedom are already under way across the country. The freedoms of women, people of color, and queer and trans communities are all under threat. It is they who will bear the brunt of the economic harm.

All people deserve the right to quality health care, bodily autonomy, and privacy. They deserve the right to make personal reproductive choices. We stand in solidarity with our allies across Oregon and in other states to protect access to abortion.