Target: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John G. Roberts, Jr.
Goal: Protect women’s reproductive rights by overturning state legislation that limits abortion services to women.
Over the past few years, 14 states have passed laws that limit the abortion services available to women within their borders. This March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that will determine the constitutionality of such state laws, resulting in either the upholding of women’s access to abortion services, or perhaps endangering the health and safety of millions of women by paving the way for similar legislation at the federal level. It is of the utmost importance that the Supreme Court defend women and their rights not only to healthcare, but to the accessibility of that healthcare.
The case heading to the Supreme Court focuses on the constitutionality of a law passed in Texas that puts strict requirements on clinics offering abortion services. The requirements are so strict and limiting that, if this law is upheld, it is likely that 75 percent of these clinics will have to close, cutting off access to these services to millions of women.
A similar situation has already occurred in Mississippi where state legislation has resulted in only one remaining abortion provider in the entire state for its 1.5 million women. Creating laws that make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to survive establishes a dangerous situation as many women are not able to access the services they need, which can lead to an increase in dangerous, self-induced abortions.
Our country is moving dangerously backward as politicians try to control and regulate women’s bodies and reproductive rights. These recent state laws cannot be allowed to stand as they surreptitiously allow states to prevent women from exercising their constitutional right to make reproductive choices for themselves. Please sign the below petition to demand the Supreme Court stands up for women by ensuring access to the healthcare services they need.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
I am writing to request that you and your peers on the Supreme Court decide to defend women and their right to make reproductive decisions for themselves by striking down state legislation that cuts millions of women off from safe abortion services. As of now, 14 states have passed legislation that makes it so hard for abortion clinics to survive that women within their borders are unable to exercise their right to make healthcare decisions for themselves because the services simply aren’t available to them. Upholding these state laws would not only be dangerous for women within these states, but for women across the nation as it could pave the way for similar federal legislation.
The situation in states with these harmful laws, such as Texas and Mississippi, showcase the effect such legislation has on women. If the recent law passed in Texas is upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, then it is likely that 75 percent of the state’s clinics offering abortions will have to close.
Similarly, Mississippi currently only has one abortion clinic to serve its 1.5 million women. Such limited access to these services poses a threat to women’s health as many women cannot reach the clinics for safe procedures to be performed, and this could lead to an increase in dangerous at-home, self-induced abortions.
Women are supposed to have the right to control their bodies and make reproductive choices for themselves. However, laws such as these are obvious attempts to control women and their bodies by making their access to the services they need extremely limited. Please make these laws illegal and defend the right of women to have access to the healthcare they need.
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