Today, tomorrow, and every day we need to show up, join protests, and take action across the nation for the right to abortion.
Tell your two Senators to vote YES on the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify a person’s right to seek an abortion into federal law.
The right to abortion has been under attack since the moment Roe was ruled by the Supreme Court in 1973. While the abortion rights movement has fought at every level to protect our rights, we now find ourselves in this worst–case scenario: on Monday May 3rd, Politico leaked the news that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn both Roe and Casey in their entirety and end the federal right to abortion in the United States. If it holds, the ruling will reverse nearly 40 years of essential protections in the United States of the rights of women, girls, and those who can become pregnant, and is a massive blow to gender equality. Following the official ruling, over half of states are expected to ban abortion totally or near–totally. This is an egregious attack on our human rights!
Access to abortion ensures people have the right to autonomy and privacy; liberty and security; equality, non– discrimination, and equal protection; health, life, and in some cases to be free from torture. Denying safe and legal access to abortion jeopardizes all of these rights. While we expect the end of Roe v. Wade, we haven’t lost yet; we still have a window of opportunity and now is the time to seize it! It is our responsibility to step up, show up and defend our human rights.
On Wednesday, the Senate is going to vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify a person’s right to seek an abortion into federal law. It is our responsibility to step up, show up and defend our human rights. Tell your Senators to vote YES on a Women’s Health Protection Act!
By each of us doing a small part, we can use the power of collective action to generate a national tidal wave of pressure on our Senators to respect human rights. It won’t be easy, but it IS possible. Amnesty is using all of the tools in its global toolbox, from activism to research—but we need YOU! Members of Congress are influenced by their constituents, and if they hear that abortion matters to you, they’re more likely to enact policies that will protect our rights to abortion.
It is your life, your health, your body, your sexuality, your identity, and your reproductive life! Together, we can and must defend all of our rights to live free from fear, coercion, violence, or discrimination. Together, we can and must ensure all people enjoy their rights.
May 5, 2022: Media statement: Amnesty International USA Statement in Response to scheduled US Senate vote on Women’s Health Protection Act
May 3, 2022: Media Quote: Supreme Court leaked opinion to overturn abortion rights is an egregious violation of human rights: https://www.amnestyusa.org/press–releases/supreme–court–decision–to–overturn–abortion–rights–is–an–egregious–violation–of–human–rights/
May 3, 2022: Media Quote: If confirmed, US Supreme Court decision could endanger abortion rights around the world https://www.amnestyusa.org/press–releases/if–confirmed–supreme–court–decision–could–endanger–abortion–rights–around–the–world/
Check out our toolkit for activists at the state level: https://www.amnestyusa.org/abortiontoolkit/
Find out more about how abortion is a human right: visit www.amnestyusa.org/abortionrights
IMPORTANT: Until the Roe v Wade ruling is made public, abortions are still legal. You can find an abortion provider here.
If you need help paying for an abortion, go to https://abortionfunds.org/.