Earlier this year, as we learned that the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision that impacted millions, VALOR released a powerful statement about continuing our righteous fight tomorrow and we have arrived.
We cannot look at the lack of access to reproductive care in isolation and we cannot look at the root causes of violence in isolation. We need to work as a broad-based coalition to make our voices heard. We are calling on organizations within and outside the anti-violence movement to join us. Sexual and domestic violence agencies, we need you. Labor Rights organizations, Immigrant Rights organizations, we need you. LGBTQ+ organizations, faith-based organizations, we need you to join us. This is about our future. Our right to choose. This is the first time in 50 years that we do not have the right to access reproductive care, and we need you to join us to demand a minimum standard protection to access reproductive care including abortion and contraception.
Abortion access is an equity issue. The right to bodily autonomy and choice has never been a universal right, especially for those most impacted by social inequities. Removing access to needed healthcare, especially after experiencing sexual violence, is exerting power and control and doing so controls economic, political and social freedom and mobility. It is removing the right to self-determination, personhood, and bodily autonomy.
This is our fight to join. This is about our bodies, our families, our healthcare, and our autonomy. Punitive action will not lead to increased self-determination and ultimately, freedom and liberation. We are building solidarity across movements to advance equity and there is a role for everyone in this work. Join VALOR to demand legislation for federal baseline protection for access to abortion, contraception, and reproductive healthcare.
Everyone deserves equitable access. Reproductive justice impacts survivor justice, impacts healthcare justice, impacts economic justice. It impacts all of us. We cannot continue to sit here silently and hope someone else will do the work. We need to do it, so let’s get to work.