League Response to Supreme Court Decision
Daniela R Birch | Published on 6/24/2022
Today the Supreme Court formally released its decision in the case of "Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization." This ruling overturns 50 years of the constitutional right to seek an abortion. The Snohomish County League of Women Voters joins the national League in warning of the great risk to gender equality across this nation.
While the Court’s opinion was expected, its harm is real. When women can no longer make reproductive decisions for their own bodies, they are no longer equal individuals in our democracy. This harm will exacerbate societal inequalities and fall disproportionately on people of color and low-income communities already facing obstacles to health care.
The decision also makes possible future erosion of other well-established Constitutional rights including marriage equality, access to contraception, and the right to engage in private, consensual intimate conduct.
League of Women Voters of the United States President Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following joint statement:
"The League of Women Voters stands in our power with our reproductive partners and all persons who fear the dangerous consequences of this decision. We will use our anger to fight in the legislatures, in the courts, and in the streets. We call on our elected leaders at the state and federal levels to act swiftly to restore bodily autonomy to all people.
"Women hold the power to create a more perfect democracy. We will not stand by as constitutional rights are stripped away, one by one. Women’s rights are human rights, and we will continue to fight until the right to abortion is restored. Our lives depend on it.”