Fighting for the Right to Choose
African American Wellness Project issues statement on alleged draft of SCOTUS ruling on Roe v, Wade, urging communities to protect Women’s Right to Choose
Oakland, California (May 3, 2022) —Politico broke news yesterday evening after obtaining an initial draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade from SCOTUS.
Executive Director of the African American Wellness Project (AAWP), Ms. Monique Lenoir-Pittman, said: “The AAWP is saddened by this news. Though the ruling won’t be finalized until a couple of months, it’s no question that communities and women impacted by racial and financial injustices will be the most severely impacted.”
Fast facts and background
- According to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito obtained by Politico, The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade,
- The draft holds both Roe and Casey (v. Planned Parenthood) must both be overruled
- The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months
- Find Politico’s breaking article here. Read SCOTUS’s full, original first draft here. NYT has a great breakdown of what this all means here.
Ms. Lenoir-Pittman added “our aim is to be a resource for women of color to educate them about their health rights and resources including reproductive health and we urge lawmakers to protect these rights as demanded by the public”.
About AAWP: Founded more than a decade ago, the African American Wellness Project (AAWP) was formed to respond to health disparities in the African American community and is dedicated to health equity and better health outcomes for people of color. AAWP is particularly focused on improving the health of the African American community by serving as a megaphone for trusted knowledge and information and providing guides and resources that enable and encourage African Americans to advocate for themselves and receive improved care, regardless of insurance or circumstances. Visit aawellnessproject.org for more information.