The Supreme Court has unjustly decided to overturn Roe v. Wade after speculation from an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. This decision will disproportionately impact Black and brown communities: 60% of patients obtaining abortions are people of color and 75% are classified as low-income or poor (Latin USA, 2022). This case is the most controversial in a generation, with the added tension of it being decided in a midterm election year.
Official Statement: “Georgia’s controversial Heartbeat Bill, which prohibits abortions roughly six weeks into a pregnancy, could potentially pave the way toward a total abortion.” Says David Garcia, Director of Policy and Advocacy, GALEO Impact Fund. “Unfortunately, this Supreme Court Ruling opens the door for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to rule in favor of passing the bill. If passed, it will disproportionately affect Latina and Black women all over Georgia as they already face disproportionate access to maternal and reproductive healthcare. Restricting access to abortion will increase negative health outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our society. It is important now more than ever that we advocate to protect the women in our communities against harmful legislation.”