Standing With All People Seeking Reproductive Healthcare
On June 24th 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States.
The United Nations and the international community condemn this decision in the strongest possible terms.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet commented on the court ruling:
The US Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization delivered today represents a major setback after five decades of protection for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the US through Roe v Wade. It is a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.
Access to safe, legal and effective abortion is firmly rooted in international human right law and is at the core of women and girls’ autonomy and ability to make their own choices about their bodies and lives, free of discrimination, violence and coercion. This decision strips such autonomy from millions of women in the US, in particular those with low incomes and those belonging to racial and ethnic minorities, to the detriment of their fundamental rights. More than 50 countries with previously restrictive laws have liberalized their abortion legislation over the past 25 years. With today’s ruling, the US is regrettably moving away from this progressive trend.
The US Supreme Court’s radical decision is a monumental setback for human rights and gender equality. UNA Chicago calls upon the Biden administration to take all necessary steps to prevent the negative consequences that will result from this regressive ruling.
In the state of Illinois, law ensures abortion is legal for all people. ACLU Illinois expands further on abortion rights in Illinois:
In Illinois you have the fundamental right to make decisions about your reproductive health care. You have the right regardless of age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, class, immigration status, race, ethnicity, language ability, or disability status. You also have that fundamental right even if you are in State custody, control, or supervision including in jail, prison, or under DCFS custody.
Geographically, Illinois stands as an oasis of human and reproductive rights among other Midwest, Great Lakes, and Southern states who have enacted laws restricting or banning reproductive rights.
UNA Chicago calls upon Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, as well as all county, city, and local officials in Illinois to make necessary preparations to aid individuals from hostile states seeking reproductive healthcare in Illinois.
Individuals in Illinois and abroad can assist in this time of crisis. By volunteering and donating, especially locally, your time and money can help those in need of reproductive healthcare.