On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued a chilling decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that robs us of our constitutional right to control our own bodies, our lives, and our futures. Knowing this was coming does not make this moment any less devastating.
We know this decision will cause tremendous harm to our communities, especially to moms, caregivers, and individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color; immigrants; and/or working-class who are already deeply impacted by systems of oppression.
The ability to choose when and how to have a family is essential to racial, gender, and economic justice. 59% of people who have an abortion already have at least one child. Abortion restrictions are about controlling the power of moms, caregivers, and people who can become pregnant.
It’s important to remember that thanks to your hard work passing the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) in 2019, abortion is still legal in the state of Oregon, and you can still get care. You can find abortion care at AbortionFinder.org. Go to https://nwaafund.org/ to find funds.
What’s next? State and local elections matter now more than ever. We deserve elected officials and judges who trust people to decide what is the best decision for them. That is who we need to elect.
With the midterm elections coming up in November, Oregonians who support access to abortion must elect candidates who support abortion rights at every level of office. From school board to our next Governor—Oregon must continue to elect leaders that will defend access to abortion and seek to expand it. Learn more and get involved in this work by visiting the website of our sister organization, The Mother PAC.
Actions to Take:
- Share information on how to access care, tell your own story with hashtag #WhateverTheReason, and repost resources from our partners @ppaoreon and @prochoiceoregon online
- Donate to your local abortion funds like NWAAF and Cascade Abortion Support Collective
- Make a contribution to Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Fund