LM Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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January 23, 2023

LM Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Yesterday marked 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing, within certain parameters, the constitutional right to make the decision whether to carry or end a pregnancy. We wish we could be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of that right. Instead, we reflect on the fact that since the Court’s decision in Dobbs last June the right to decide whether and when to have children depends upon where you live in this country, while we also recognize that throughout the nearly 50 years that Roe was the law of this land, access to abortion care was never equally accessible.

At Legal Momentum, we honor what the justices articulated in Roe by continuing to move forward today to interrupt the policies and systems that seek to deprive women of bodily autonomy and privacy. In particular, we continue to advance our work to disrupt the pernicious practice of imposing nonconsensual drug testing on pregnant patients without their knowledge or consent and utilizing those practices to surveil largely Black and brown families under the guise of child protection.

For more information about our reproductive justice work or to understand more about your rights to informed consent during prenatal care, visit our website