FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 4, 2022
Mynellies Negrón | (703) 585-6727 | email@example.com
We Are Home Stands in Support of Reproductive Rights Groups
WASHINGTON – The We Are Home campaign stands in solidarity with and supports reproductive rights groups and immigrant organizations who are condemning the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion draft on Roe v. Wade.
The opinion draft, which holds the support of majority justices at the Supreme Court, could overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision from the Supreme Court that grants constitutional rights to abortion nationwide. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be one of the biggest restrictions made to civil liberties, and ultimately reverse the near 50 years of federal protections for abortion rights. This will have a disproportionate impact on people with low income, people of color, immigrants and LGBTQ+ people, impose severe risks to health, and set a dangerous precedent to reverse other civil protections and further restrict civil liberties.
The following statement comes from Bridgette Gomez, We Are Home Campaign Director:
“The mere intention of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is incredibly disappointing and horrifying. It will have a disastrous impact on communities, particularly poor communities, all across the country. Let’s be clear: abortions will never go away. But attacks like this will open the doors for states to criminalize abortion, restricting and even outlawing abortion altogether for people who already face travel barriers, are constantly targeted, at risk of family separations, and ultimately losing their livelihoods. The Supreme Court would be turning its back on millions of people, immigrants and particularly undocumented immigrants, people of color, people with low incomes, and people in rural and underserved communities who often already face barriers to health care access. Let us not forget history: immigrants have already faced multiple government attacks against their ability to get an abortion, as well as other invasive reproductive healthcare procedures, as we have seen in the 2017 case of Jane Doe and the 2020 cases of unwanted hysterectomies in Georgia.
If the Supreme Court justices are willing to backtrack 50 years of hard-fought protections and strip us of our power to decide over our own bodies, families, and future, it is clear that the health and well-being of our communities are not in their best interest. The We Are Home coalition repudiates this potential decision and joins groups who are leading the fight to defend and reclaim this fundamental right, which, let us be very clear, is still protected under our Constitution and should continue to be protected as well as our other civil liberties. We know immigrant justice is reproductive justice. We call on our partners and allies to take immediate action to spare our country and families from one of the darkest hours for our civil liberties.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign fighting to ensure that “we the people” includes all of us. Our mission is to transform America’s inhumane immigration system. We must undo the damage of the last four years and build a new immigration system that is fair, humane, functional, and centered in racial justice, and respects all people, regardless of race, religion, or birthplace. And we must immediately enact legislation that creates a roadmap to citizenship for every immigrant who calls this country home. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers (UFW), and United We Dream.