Today marks 49 years since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. It may also be the last time we celebrate this historic case.
Every year on January 22nd, we pause to remember the long, hard fight for reproductive rights in the United States, which also intertwined with advances in women’s rights, racial justice and economic justice. The fight that started over half a century ago continues to this day, and we’re constantly reminded that Roe was and will never be enough.
We’re increasingly living in two different Americas, where abortion access depends on where you live, your race, your income, and your health insurance. The United States is one of the most powerful countries in the world, yet our human rights are sliding backwards.
These are uncertain times. Not just to independent abortion providers like Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, but to all people who want, need and deserve power and autonomy over their own bodies, lives, and futures.
The right to abortion is meaningless if all Americans can’t access it, or only those with the means to get the care they need. That’s what will happen if Roe falls and more states pass inhumane bans like SB 8.
That’s why we need the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). The WHPA would create a statutory right for health care providers to provide abortion care, and a corresponding right for their patients to receive that care, free from medically unnecessary restrictions that single out abortion and impede access. If we can’t rely on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutional right to abortion, this federal legislation is our only hope.
With the WHPA in place, we can start to reimagine Roe and create a country where abortion providers and patients are treated with dignity and respect, not shame and stigma. It’s time to move beyond Roe and guarantee our human right to bodily autonomy in the U.S. once and for all.
Please do your part by registering to vote (the deadline is January 31st in Texas!), urging your representatives to vote YES for WHPA, and supporting WWHA’s mission as we navigate these perilous times.
Amy Hagstrom Miller
President & CEO
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance