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June 24, 2022

SCOTUS Decision on Abortion Punctuates Dire Need for Structural Changes to Our Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. ––  Today, the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to deny access to safe and legal abortion. The ruling gives states even more power to determine the fate of access to safe abortion care, disproportionately putting Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities at risk in states nationwide. 

Sybil Miller, Just Democracy member and Communications Director for SisterLove, Inc., shared the following statement:

“With this ruling, our nation failed yet again to protect Black and Brown communities. Abortion rights are indeed racial justice rights. Now is the time to fight like hell for reproductive justice to ensure that millions of Black and Brown people have safe abortion access. We have to fight for institutional, structural democracy reform. 

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe underscores the dire need for bold structural changes to our democracy. Republicans have intentionally and methodically shifted the makeup of the bench by packing the court with conservative Justices, a number of whom were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote. Today, the Court’s conservative majority only works to protect the rights and liberties of a select few. They have consistently disregarded the impact on the most marginalized in our country in their decisions. The only way forward is to reform the broken rules, structures, and policies that hinder progress and justice for Black and Brown people across the country. 

Just Democracy is joining its partners in calling for Congress to expand the court and add more justices to the bench. As long as a conservative majority representing a minority of our country holds the gavel, the fight for abortion access and so many other fundamental rights will remain in peril.”

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Just Democracy is an intersectional coalition with racial justice at its core — uplifting voices from all walks of American life that are too often left out of the conversation. The coalition is made up of over 40 Black and Brown-led organizations working across issue areas. It mobilizes thousands who know that advancing social and racial justice issues first requires bold structural democracy reform.

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