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The End of Roe

A leaked draft from the Republican Supreme Court appears to show that the conservative majority is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

We are in an extremely dangerous place—and not just for abortion rights. Overturning Roe v. Wade will place other unenumerated rights, like gay marriage, access to contraception, and many more, in its cross hairs.

The Republican majority on the Supreme Court have already gutted the Voting Rights Act and other federal legislation—any future transformative legislation is similarly at risk of being dismantled if we don't act. The only current solution to protect abortion rights and the other civil rights we hold dear is to expand our majorities in November, codify Roe, and expand the Supreme Court. 

It would be easy to fall into despair right now—and if you’re like us, you might want to do that for a little while. But there are things we can do. This resource will walk you through:

  1. Crucial facts to know right now
  2. How we got here
  3. What we can do to fix it
  4. Answers to FAQs

Here’s what you need to know right now:

An unelected conservative majority on the Supreme Court, appointed by two presidents who both lost the popular vote, is going to overturn 50 years of precedent and end our right to an abortion.

Republicans have been plotting this moment for years, and have done everything in their power to stack the judiciary with radical judges whose sole purpose is to overturn long-standing constitutional rights like abortion

Losing Roe puts thousands, if not millions, of people at risk – and it particularly impacts low-income people, people of color, and women.

This opinion officially relegates people who can get pregnant to second class citizenship, unable to choose for themselves how they want to live their lives.

The Supreme Court is no longer an institution we can count on to expand constitutional rights. Their goal now is to roll back and restrict the rights we’ve all fought so hard for. This opinion signals the Republican Supreme Court’s intention to overturn marriage equality, end access to contraception, gut protections for people of color, and more.

Something that’s particularly important to understand: You are not safe even if you live in a Blue state. They are coming for abortion rights, and every other constitutional right we hold dear, in all 50 states.

How we got here

We are in a critical moment in history right now. Because of a 50-year campaign waged by the Republican party and dark money groups, reproductive freedom is under dire threat:

  • Anti-abortion politicians in states like Texas and Mississippi have been successful in their relentless efforts to ban abortions in their states, and seemingly found a friendly audience at the Supreme Court to allow these bans to stay in place. This is paving the way for other Republican-led states to quickly move to ban abortion for millions more people. And if Republicans take control at the federal level, we can expect nationwide bans—bans that would apply to even blue state residents.
  • Far-right politicians have been able to successfully install hundreds of far-right extremist judges—a trend that only escalated under Donald Trump. Together, Trump and Mitch McConnell successfully confirmed over 200 judges to the federal judiciary, including three Supreme Court justices. Trump may be gone, but his judges will be on the bench for the rest of their lives, working to overturn any progressive legislation (especially attempts to protect Roe) passed throughout the country. 
  • Republican state legislatures across the country are continuing to pass hundreds of sweeping racist voter suppression laws, gerrymandered district maps, and laws loosening restrictions on dark money in politics, which all but assure GOP electoral victories for years to come.
  • Historically, these political ploys have been used both as a racist weapon to undermine the political power of minority communities and a political weapon to ensure partisan advantage. This also means there is little recourse to turn the tide of anti-abortion legislation that is being passed easily at the state level—anti-democratic suppression efforts go hand in hand with efforts to strip marginalized people of their bodily autonomy and their ability to receive health care, including abortions.

What we must do RIGHT NOW

The far-right has taken over our democracy at every level from state governments all the way to the Supreme Court. This means we MUST defend and fight for change on many levels at the same time—think of it as if we have multiple fires in the kitchen and unless we put out all of them, the house will burn down.

Attend mass mobilizations to show “We Won’t Go Back.”

Over the next few days we’ll be supporting and coordinating with partners like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, MoveOn, UltraViolet and others to plan mass mobilizations and other actions. You can take a pledge right now to do everything you can to defend Roe and defeat Republicans in 2022 —we'll keep you updated on opportunities for action in the days and weeks ahead. Right now, you should tentatively mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th, be ready to go rapid-response style 24-hours after a decision comes down from the court, and get ready for nationwide marches on July 9th. (If you’re not on our rapid response text team, text INDIVISIBLE to 59798 and we’ll get you set up.)

Ensure we win in November by talking to everyone you know about the extremist Republican Supreme Court.

The only way, long term, to take back the Supreme Court is to protect and expand a Democratic majority in the House and Senate and hold the White House.  Abortion is popular – 75% of people and 53% of Republicans believe the choice to get an abortion should be between a pregnant person and their doctor. The Republican extremists on the Supreme Court clearly don’t think so, and we need everyone in the country to know that Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins got us into this mess. 

  • 50 years of scheming and executing their plan has worked. Republicans currently have control of not just the Supreme Court but a majority of state governments (24 states already have Republican trifectas), but we have the power to stop them from gaining control of Congress this November. 

Push our electeds to demand/support the structural/transformative changes we need.

With extremely slim margins, this Congress proved to be difficult to pass critical legislation this term—like we saw in the voting rights fight. Republicans wielded the filibuster to block bills we need, including a bill to codify abortion rights into federal law. 

  • The Senate will hold another vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), but truthfully, it is likely to be blocked by Republicans. We should use these moments to push our elected representatives and hold them accountable this election. 
  • What we need is a wider progressive majority that will move legislation forward—like WHPA and the Judiciary Act (bill to expand the court)—to protect those advancements from the current Republican SCOTUS. The reality is while we currently have legislative solutions, we can’t get them passed until we have a large enough majority to make obstructionist voices irrelevant. 

Helping Communities in Need of Abortion Services & Getting Involved Locally.

The best thing you can do right now to help folks locally is to donate to an abortion fund. Despite the leaked opinion, abortion is still legal in this country. If you need care, you can get it. Here are some resources:

We dread moments like this. But there is always – always – a light to follow. Time and time again, activists have held each other through moments of despair, and then joined hands, picked up phones, showed up to rallies and fixed things. We’ve won tough campaigns before. We’ve beaten impossible odds before. 

We’ll do it again, together.

 

Tell The Senate To Protect Abortion Access Now!

Use our script to tell your Senators to support eliminating the filibuster to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755/S.1975) now!

Demand Your Representative Co-sponsor The Jones Court Expansion Bill

Use our call script to tell your Representative to support the Judiciary Act (H.R.2584/S.1141) now.