Boston – The Boston Foundation today issued this statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that protected abortion rights for pregnant people across the nation since 1973.
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was not unexpected – but that makes it no less devastating for millions of women and families for whom the door to make safe, responsible decisions has now been closed. It also clears a path for the revocation of many other rights and protections that courts across the nation have long held as guaranteed by the Constitution.
“We know from data that prohibitions on abortion take the largest toll on people of color and curtail needed medical care that protects the lives of women who either can not or choose not to continue a pregnancy. And as we have seen in states across the country, the laws that will supplant Roe v. Wade are being crafted in ways that disregard the rights of women to keep control over their own bodies, even in cases of rape, incest, or where carrying a child to term risks the lives and well-being of both child and parent.
“We are fortunate to live in a commonwealth that, for now, prioritizes responsible decision-making over zealotry. We hope that lawmakers in other states will follow Massachusetts’ lead, protect the rights and safety of parents and families, and keep this avenue open. We stand united with those committed to restoring and protecting this essential healthcare service for everyone.”