Through the 14 years I have participated professionally in supporting the lives of refugees and immigrants, what has centered my commitment is the promise of human dignity, found in opportunities for freedom from oppression and persecution. Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) diminishes that opportunity for all Americans.
Beyond curtailing freedom, today’s decision will immediately impact health, safety, and equality for all. It is a catastrophe for gender, racial, and economic justice in this country with consequences that will hit vulnerable populations the hardest.
Today, I recommit to tirelessly protect, advance, and advocate for the health, safety and trust of individuals to determine the course of their own bodies and lives. The lives of all Americans—including refugees and immigrants — have been put in grave danger by this decision.
I encourage our supporters committed to human dignity and justice to speak out against the dismantling of hard-won freedoms that protect us.
There are powerful organizations you can support that fight every day for gender equality, such as Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Women’s Refugee Commission, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Alexandra Weber, LICSW
Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer