We’ve all probably seen the news.
But just in case you missed it, a draft opinion recently leaked by Politico, suggests the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade and our constitutional right to an abortion.
While this news is alarming, it is important to remember that this opinion is still just a draft. Abortion remains legal across the nation – and it remains legal here in South Dakota.
Still, this leak confirms our deepest fears that the Supreme Court is ready to take away our ability to control if, when, and how to have a child. And it is deeply painful to all of us who believe that the right to control our own bodies and to make such deeply personal decisions is ours, not the government’s.
If Roe is overturned, abortion will become a criminal act in South Dakota, thanks to a trigger law that's been on the books since 2007. That means people would have to travel out of state to get essential care – something that's impossible for many and would disproportionately affect people of color and people with lower incomes.
The ACLU of South Dakota will never stop fighting for a person’s right to an abortion, but we need your help more than ever.
Join in: Commit to defending abortion access in South Dakota.
Abortion is health care, and it must be available to people in our state. Will you commit to being a defender of abortion rights in South Dakota?
We urge you to call lawmakers, flood the newspapers with letters to the editor, and join in demonstrations to make your outrage and known. Let us all make clear that the right to decide when – and whether – to have a child belongs to us. Not the government.
Take action now: Become defender of abortion rights and to take further action.