Indian American lawmakers denounce SCOTUS reversal of Roe vs Wade

Washington, DC: Several Indian American lawmakers and organizations have been vocal in their criticism of the US Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned 50 years of abortion rights in the country.  

Jay Chaudhuri, North Carolina State Senator said, “Today’s decision is a direct attack on the progress that women have fought for, for over half a century. Gear up for one of the most critical elections of our lifetime… The fight starts now.” 

After the ruling of the Supreme Court, abortion was criminalized in 13 states due to trigger laws, Chaudhuri said. This leaves North Carolina as one of the only states in the South where access to abortion is still legal, he noted. 

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democratic House Member from Illinois, called the reversal of Roe vs Wade as “a tragic, devastating rollback of nearly half a century of progress” in an official statement on his website. “Unfortunately, this is likely only the beginning of this extreme, right-wing court’s attacks on the rights of Americans,” Krishnamoorthi said. 

“People of color and those with low incomes will be hit the hardest by this disastrous decision to overturn Roe. We must step up and protect our nation’s most vulnerable from these right-wing extremists.” 

Krishnamoorthi added that this overturn results in the rollback of precedent in protecting reproductive rights and the right to bodily autonomy as well. 

“A woman’s fundamental right to make her own health decisions, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones, must be protected, and that’s why I will continue to work unyieldingly with my colleagues to enshrine Roe v Wade and the right to choose in law.” 

Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) issued a statement on the official website of ERA citing that the Supreme Court’s ruling unfairly impacts women of color and immigrants. 

Studies confirm that women, especially those from minority groups such as African Americans and immigrant women, are forced to carry pregnancies and face greater health risks. African American women are three times more likely to die during childbirth than their White counterparts, according to ERA. “This devastating decision threatens the lives and health of millions across the country, as well as decades of gender justice progress.” 

Vice-President Kamala Harris also addressed a group ahead of a discussion on maternal health in Plainsfield, Illinois, where she said that the fight was “not over”. 

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