Today is a dark day. It is a gut punch. It is supremely disappointing and outrageous. It shows how our own apathy and indifference have allowed our institutions to be subsumed by those who put their personal ideology over precedent, democracy, and both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Reproductive health care includes abortion. Abortion is critical health care. Birth control is critical health care. At a time when our country is finally coming to terms with the unconscionably high rate of maternal and infant mortality for our residents, critical options have been stripped away.
Today's decision by an activist majority of our Supreme Court has once again relegated women to second class citizens, stripping away the right to bodily autonomy. This decision, coupled with the gutting of the Voting Rights Act previously, and this week's decisions weakening of the separation of religion and state, allowing police to ignore the Miranda rights, and eliminating states' ability to legislate gun laws is steering us down a dangerous road.
Now more than ever, we must come together and get out the vote. We MUST elect lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels that believe in inherent rights, that health care is a human right, that people are more important than profits, and that the role of government is to protect the freedoms of all peoples, not just those who follow a narrow religious ideology or profit motive.
We need you and your family and friends to stand up, and declare that this will not stand. Because we will NOT let it.