Our Statement on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade
We are heartbroken by the Supreme Court’s decision today and keenly aware of what this means for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and the disproportionate impact this will have on low-income people – especially Black and Brown women.
People experiencing homelessness are less likely to have reliable access to contraception, more likely to experience sexual violence, and therefore more likely to face an unwanted pregnancy as a result. One study of a San Francisco abortion clinic found that 19% of abortions were among people who were homeless or unstably housed.
Studies have found serious consequences of being denied a wanted abortion on people’s health and wellbeing. People forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are four times more likely to be living below the Federal Poverty Level. Those denied abortions are also more likely to suffer from physical and mental health consequences.
As we process the full impact of today’s ruling on the most vulnerable people nationwide, we must remember to join together at the state and federal levels to ensure everyone can choose what is best for their bodies and wellbeing.