The American Humanist Association (AHA) is troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision to review Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi abortion case that directly challenges the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
“We are disturbed by the Court’s decision to hear this case, especially amid an ongoing global pandemic that already poses barriers to abortion patients,” said Monica Miller, AHA’s Legal Director and Senior Counsel. “Overturning Roe v. Wade will endanger many Americans and set the constitutional clock back decades for women.”
The Dobbs case considers the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. Since the abortion ban is in direct violation of 50 years of Supreme Court precedent, it is especially concerning that the Court has decided to hear this case. It would be difficult for the Court to uphold the Mississippi ban without overturning settled precedent and the Court could do away with Roe v. Wade in its entirety.
While the AHA, at this time, believes this outcome is unlikely, even weakening Roe would have major implications across the nation, with more than 20 states likely to take steps toward banning abortion outright. It could ultimately threaten our rights to make personal decisions, like the use of contraception.
All citizens deserve the fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies and futures. Limiting reproductive rights will also have an unfair impact on marginalized communities, especially as they already face barriers to accessing healthcare in general.
“The AHA will continue to fight for reproductive rights for all,” states AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “The precariousness of this case indicates that now more than ever, we need Congress to pass comprehensive protections, including The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would safeguard against bans and restrictions like this ban in Mississippi.”