MNCASA Responds to Roe V Wade Decision
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v Wade is an egregious injustice. This decision impacts the wellbeing and safety of families and is a direct attack on our fundamental human rights: the right to bodily autonomy, the right to safe and affordable abortion care, the right to have or not have children, and the right to parent those children in safe and healthy environments.
Overturning Roe v Wade will impact the rights of everyone who needs reproductive care, including victims/survivors of violence—and communities with less resources and less access to abortion services will be most harmed. We are committed to working alongside communities who have always led the way in the fight for reproductive justice.
We hold space for the weight of today for everyone who needs access to reproductive care. We also recognize the history of reproductive violence against Black and Brown communities. Historically, Black and Brown people have not had the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and family planning.
Although abortion remains legal in Minnesota despite the ruling, the landscape for accessing abortion care will change. Many states are implementing trigger laws restricting abortion access which will increase the need for services provided in Minnesota. We will rise up with advocates across the US who are fighting to provide the best possible care for victims/survivors and with providers in Minnesota rising to meet the need.
In a world free from violence, all people have control over their own bodies, free from coercion or fear. We will continue to fight boldly for reproductive justice, uphold abortion access, and provide tools and resources for folks who are seeking information, resources, or support, and we expect and demand that our elected and appointed representatives uphold our fundamental rights.
See our full statement on Reproductive Justice and Sexual Violence.