Abortion is still legal in the United States. But a leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization shows the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and decimate our legal right to abortion. 

The case is a challenge to Mississippi’s unconstitutional abortion ban. The state asked the Court to overturn Roe and according to the draft, at least five Justices are willing to do that. The leaked opinion is outrageous, irresponsible, and shocking–and the unsurprising culmination of a decades-long plan to end our right to abortion. If this draft becomes the final decision of the Court, it will be devastating. The Supreme Court will have taken away a fundamental constitutional right–a right that people have relied on for nearly 50 years. If the Court overturns Roe, half of the states are poised to ban abortion.  An anti-abortion Congress and President could pass a nationwide ban. This would create a legal and constitutional crisis that impacts everyone. And it would also exacerbate the economic and health disparities that fall more squarely and particularly on Black and brown communities, those in rural areas, LGBTQ individuals, and people struggling to make ends meet. 

Abortion rights and access are connected to so many of our other rights and fundamental freedoms. This includes our right to workplace justice, disability rights, LGBTQI+ rights, economic security, and our right to safely care for our families, including access to affordable, high-quality child care. Now, more than any time since Roe was decided almost 50 years ago, social justice movements must come together to fend off attacks on abortion access.

People will always need abortion care. No court, no law, no elected official can stop us from taking care of our own bodies, families, and futures.