For Immediate Release

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Monica Simpson                      
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Women of Color Applaud Supreme Court Decision  

(Atlanta, GA) - Statement by Monica Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong on the Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt:  

Today's decision is a decisive victory for those who believe that we should each make our own decisions about abortion and that politicians should not inject their personal opinions by pushing medically unnecessary restrictions like admitting privileges in order to make abortion care harder to get.

This case challenged restrictions that were passed in Texas that would result in the closing of more than half of the state's clinics. We know who is hurt when these kinds of sham laws are pushed through, so this is a big win for low-income women and women of color.

W hat is clear to us is that politicians who push these restrictions often do not have any genuine commitment to the health, safety or prosperity of women of color, our families or our community. Where are these groups when low-income women and women of color are struggling to access health care? Where are their programs to deal with the high rate of maternal mortality among women of color? Why aren't they speaking out about the systemic racism that makes it harder for women of color to raise our children and care for ourselves? Where is the so-called prolife movement when it comes to mass incarceration or childhood poverty or police violence?

Today's decision is a big win in our commitment to ensure that we are each able to determine when and if we want to parent, to build our families as we see fit and to be able to raise our children in a world where they are safe and they are treated with respect and dignity."

Monica Simpson is available for interview upon request.