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US Supreme Court Topples Roe v. Wade in a Blow to Rights Country Out of Step with International Trend to Expand Reproductive Rights

Posted: June 27, 2022

By Amanda Klasing

In a predicted but nonetheless stunning opinion issued today, the United States Supreme Court overturned the constitutional guarantee of abortion access in the United States, reversing half a century of court protection for this fundamental right.

Access to abortion is a right critical to guaranteeing a wide range of other human rights, including the rights to life and security of person, privacy, nondiscrimination, and freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, among others.

However, while the court has for now removed constitutional protection for access to abortion, the United States has international human rights obligations to ensure it. These are embedded in international treaties ratified by the United States, and the right of access to safe and legal abortion is rooted in international human rights law.

While constitutional law scholars and experts are still digging deeply into the complexities of the court’s ruling, what is clear from the opinion written by Justice Alito is that the Court has held that the United States Constitution does not confer a right to access abortion. In so stating, the Court is overruling the landmark case Roe v. Wade and subsequent case Casey v. Planned Parenthood. With its ruling, the court is returning the authority to regulate abortion “to the people and their elected representatives.”

Research has shown that when abortion is banned or restricted, abortions do not cease, they just move underground. This increases the risk both of unsafe procedures and that people will be reported to police or prosecuted for suspected abortions. This is likely to particularly affect people who have historically had less access to health services due to discrimination and other systemic barriers, including adolescents; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; people living in rural communities or in poverty; and people discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Watch research has also shown that abortion bans can lead health professionals, sometimes fearing prosecution, to refer patients with obstetric emergencies or miscarriages – which look like abortions – to the police, making it difficult for doctors to do their jobs and provide their patients with the best standard of care.

As the dissenters noted, unlike the United States, countries around the world, from Thailand to Ireland to Mexico, have moved to expand legal abortion, and this decision leaves the US as a human rights outlier. As Human Rights Watch, along with Amnesty International and Global Justice Center, advised the US Supreme Court in an amicus brief, “[n]o abortion law is written on a blank slate. The United States can and should learn from the experiences and outcomes from other nations.”

Those experiences have taught us that the US – which shockingly already has the highest maternal mortality rate among at least 10 other wealthy countries – should brace for maternal mortality and morbidity to rise, particularly among Black people and people living in poverty.

In one blow, the court has decimated protections for a key right that is closely bound up with gender equality, racial justice, and basic economic and social rights, instead opening the door for government control of one of the most private decisions someone can consider.

Make no mistake; what will unfold will be a human rights tragedy.

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UnidosUS Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Gun Safety Bill, Urges Additional Action to Reduce Epidemic of Gun Violence

FDR Media-Posted: June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC— Following today’s final passage of a bipartisan federal bill reforming the nation’s gun laws, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS issued the following statement: 

“We applaud the bipartisan gun violence legislation passed today that invests in mental health resources and crisis intervention programs; expands background checks for firearm purchasers under 21 years old; closes the ‘boyfriend loophole;’ and invests in the implementation of ‘extreme risk’ laws. This law is an important first step in stopping the plague of gun violence and the ensuing trauma in our communities.  

“We acknowledge that this law’s actions do not go far enough, and that it took an event as horrific and senseless as the shooting of schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas to make even this very modest legislation a reality. Yet we also believe that we must support a bill that is the first meaningful gun reform bill in nearly 30 years—that garnered the support of 15 Republican senators and 14 Republican representatives, allowing it to move forward despite gun extremist opposition; that provides $15 billion in additional funding to address the public health crisis that is gun violence; and that will make our children and our communities safer. 

“It is our hope that in the very near future, Congress will act to make us safer still. This means also enacting long overdue, common sense gun safety laws that protect our schools and other sensitive locations and include liability for gun manufacturers, a ban on assault weapons, as well as licensing and background checks. Similar measures are widely supported by Latino voters. We must also make further long-term and community-based investments to expand mental health services to all who need it.” 

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Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
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