Yesterday, March 4th, the Supreme Court heard the opening arguments of June Medical Services v. Russo, a case that could determine the future of safe abortion in the United States. The case involves a restriction that would force all but one abortion provider in Louisiana to close. If the court rules against abortion providers, states will be free to regulate clinics out of existence.
Already lawmakers in Utah are preparing for an America without Roe v. Wade. Senators in the state have voted to ban abortion in most cases if Roe v. Wade is repealed or rolled back . Other states could follow, forcing women who need an abortion to travel out of state — and leaving women who can’t afford to travel without options.
MSI US and other safe abortion advocates showed up outside the Supreme Court to demand that the Supreme Court protect women’s rights and health. In the countries where we work, we have seen the consequences of restrictive laws like the one in Louisiana. Women who can’t access safe abortion are driven to unsafe and life-threatening options.
“On many occasions women do practices like sticking wires in themselves to interrupt the pregnancy. We have had cases where women have taken a pesticide in the fields when they found out they were pregnant.” — Bárbara Pérez, MSI team member in Mexico
No matter what happens, MSI will stay committed to our mission of providing access to safe abortions. We hope that the Supreme Court will stand up for abortion rights and trust women to make their own decisions for their own lives and bodies.