Washington, D.C.—Monday, a leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was shared that explicitly overturns fifty years of Supreme Court precedent of Roe v. Wade. The draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, openly overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southern Pennsylvania v. Casey, stating that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” and “we hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.” This is an unprecedented leak from the court that, if it holds, would reverse nearly 50 years of precedent and explicitly end federal constitutional protections for abortion.
Though the decision is not yet final and abortion remains legal in Virginia and in all 50 states, if this decision is issued, 26 states are poised to move quickly to ban abortion, leaving more than 36 million birthing people without abortion access.
Statement from the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance:
This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented. It confirms our worst fears: that the Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. We’re angry and ready to take action. We have been preparing for this, and we’re ready for this fight. Abortion is still legal and will remain legal in Virginia when this decision becomes final. We are prepared to continue to fight across the country—this will not stop us.
It is essential that pregnant people have access to medically accurate information and compassionate health care throughout their pregnancy, without political interference. Full stop. Politicians and Supreme Court Justices are throwing up barriers to abortion access not because it is necessary, but because they want to control people’s bodies. They do not care about the harm they will inflict on families in Virginia, especially rural, low-income, young, queer, trans, and people of color who already have a hard time accessing the health care they need.
Our fight is not over. We will continue to do the work to ensure that all people in our community and across America have affordable access to abortion when they need it.
Members of the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia
ACLU of Virginia
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice Virginia
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project
Virginia Chapter, NOW (National Organization for Women)
Hampton Roads Reproductive Justice League
Blue Ridge Abortion Fund
National Council of Jewish Women, Virginia
NOW Virginia chapter