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Roe V Wade was overturned, so what does that mean?

Simply put, Roe v. Wade overturned means there is no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion. States now have sole authority to determine if and when an abortion is legal.

Thirteen states have already passed “trigger laws”, which immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. In total, twenty four states are expected to implement strict measures against abortion.

Illegal “underground” abortions are expected to rise. Between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegal abortions occurred every year in the 1950s and 1960s before Roe V Wade.
Banning abortion doesn’t stop abortion, it stops safe abortions.

It is estimated that some 40 million women of child-bearing age will be affected by the Supreme Court decision. Women that live in states without abortion access will have to seek care in other states, with costly expenditures including travel costs, lost work, lost wages, and so on.

For women who can’t go these lengths, the cost is even greater. While children are wonderful, they are expensive. The states likely to or already have restricted abortion typically do not have strong public assistance programs, and this decision will likely create an additional need.

In states where abortion will remain legal, clinics will become congested and appointment availability will shrink. The public health consequences are vast.

Since Roe v. Wade is fundamentally based on the freedom of privacy, overturning this law can set precedent to attack and target other rights. The right to same sex marriage and the right to contraception are under scrutiny with the removal of this precedent.

History is repeating itself. This is beyond abortion, this is about human rights in general.

So, where do we go from here?

We can promote change in simple and profound ways.

Participate, educate, empower, and support. There is no stronger power than collective action.

That’s why we have SafeUP, an instant and accessible community of women supporting women. Women united for change, women standing up for human dignity, women leading the empowerment agenda.

Join us. We have your back, always and more than ever.

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