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CVH Denounces the Continued Attack on Communities of Color by SCOTUS

Updated: Jan 9, 2023


Contact: Cynthia Travieso, 347-268-0044, June 24, 2022 (NEW YORK, NY) – Today’s Supreme Court ruling shows that the Supreme Court values some lives over others, and believes that not everyone is worthy of self-autonomy and liberty. It takes away women’s right to a safe abortion and other health care options.

The restriction of abortion rights particularly impacts low-income women and women of color. Particularly as women of color, we already face enormous challenges to equitable access to health care choices and facilities.

Nearly half of all states are poised to severely restrict women’s access to abortion. For many women across the United States, options for safe and legal abortion will be non-existent. While the rights of New Yorkers are protected, and New York will be a safe haven for all women, this fundamental restriction of women’s rights is an alarming step backwards.

The dissenting Supreme Court judges said, “The majority would allow States to ban abortion from conception onward because it does not think forced childbirth at all implicates a woman’s rights to equality and freedom.” The decision continued, “Today’s Court, that is, does not think there is anything of constitutional significance attached to a woman’s control of her body and the path of her life. A State can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs.”

This decision comes on the heels of another devastating ruling that invalidated a century-old New York City law making it difficult for people to carry a gun outside their home and making our communities safer.

These decisions show clearly the deep impact of elections. The Supreme Court justices who struck down abortion rights and New York City’s gun restrictions were appointed and confirmed by conservative elected officials.

Community Voices Heard Action is redoubling its commitment to building power to fight for policies that meet the needs of low-income people and communities of color. Community Voices Heard Power is energized to elect people who will fight for the needs of the communities they serve and ensure they are accountable to their constituents.

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