DENVER, CO— The Democratic Women’s Caucus of Colorado today released the following statement on the draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and Casey:
The Democratic Women’s Caucus of Colorado is outraged and appalled at the Supreme Court of the United States which, according to a leaked draft opinion, is signaling that the court will overturn Roe v. Wade. While we wait for the official ruling, expected to come out in the next couple of months, abortion is still legal in this country. Clinics are open and operating, and everyone should make or keep the appointments they need.
We passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act this year because we knew it was possible that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. This was the number one priority for our caucus because we strongly believe that all people deserve access to abortion care when they need it, on a timeline of their choosing, and in a community and an environment they trust and feel safe in. It is important to reassure every pregnant person and their family that their fundamental right to all abortion care and reproductive health care services are protected in Colorado. No matter what the Supreme Court does, Colorado will continue to lead in order to ensure all people in need of these services are safe, and that anyone who must travel to Colorado in order to get abortion care will be supported.
The obstacles that many face to obtaining abortion care–violence, judgment, costs, needing to travel long distances for care, and politicians attempting to make decisions in private health and personal medical matters– don’t impact us all equally. Communities of color and marginalized populations do not have equal access to health care and abortion care because of racism and structural inequities. Bodily autonomy is a fundamental and essential right for all people.
We are deeply committed to this fight. Our hearts are with all the people impacted by this pending decision and leaders in the reproductive health and justice community.