FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 24, 2022
Press Contact: Jessica Ortiz, [email protected]
“At RAICES we work every day to make our border more welcoming for all. Overturning Roe v. Wade will do the exact opposite.”
San Antonio, Texas – Today, the highest Court in the land voted to overturn Roe v Wade potentially putting millions of lives at risk, including immigrants and people of color. RAICES condemns the Supreme Court ‘s decision.
Effective today, trigger bans that will make abortion illegal in the first and second trimesters will go into effect in nearly every state along the southeast border of the country, including here in Texas.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade will create a healthcare crisis that could endanger the lives of our clients, making it harder for our clients, who already have difficulty accessing essential health care services and other resources, to access the care they need.
SCOTUS’ decision is a dangerous step toward the abrogation of other rights based on the 14th Amendment’s rubric of privacy that Americans count on, from the right to contraception to marriage equality to protection from surveillance.
RAICES believes today’s decision is part of increasingly authoritarian actions around the world. The Supreme Court decision blows a dog whistle of sorts, a piercing shrill alert heard around the world, a disregard of established legal precedents on which people in this country have relied to protect all human rights.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Learn more at raicestexas.org.