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May 3, 2022
Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard Weighs in on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade
DENVER — Last night, a leaked initial draft opinion revealed that the Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has protected Americans’ fundamental freedom to make their own personal decisions for their health care, lives, and families. Now, the majority conservative Supreme Court has drafted a complete and total repudiation of the 1973 decision with the intent to eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights nationwide.
“Last night, the news broke that the Supreme Court is planning to mount the most aggressive nationwide attack on reproductive rights in decades. This attack comes on the heels of countless coordinated attacks by conservative activists on women’s health care at the state level that restricts access to abortion, especially for women of color and people with low incomes. The ultra-conservative Supreme Court is now in position to repeal Roe v. Wade itself, robbing millions of Americans of their bodily autonomy and right to make their own decisions about their health care.”
“Health care decisions are personal choices, ones that belong in the hands of individuals and their providers, not politicians. 49 years ago, the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade was a milestone for health care and reproductive justice. Today, we must ensure that everyone, regardless of where they live or how much they make, has access to such essential care established half a century ago.”
“We urge Congress to respond to this assault on reproductive justice immediately and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act: put the decisions about one’s health in the hands of individuals and their providers, not politicians.”
Laura Packard is the founder of Health Care Voices, and a stage-4 cancer survivor. The Affordable Care Act saved her life. She is a co-host of Care Talk, a call-in health care show on act.tv to answer America’s health insurance questions about the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid (airing Mondays at 4:30pm ET). If you’d like to connect with Laura to discuss the Supreme Court and health care, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.