Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, barring the constitutional right for safe and legal abortions across the country. As a result, while we are in many ways angered and hurt, we are forever committed to continue providing support to access reproductive care across Minnesota.
We understand the huge impact that this decision has on our most marginalized communities. We want to emphasize that this decision impacts reproductive rights, bodily autonomy, and privacy for all people. It is absolutely crucial that we include transgender, non-binary, gender-nonconforming, and intersex people into our conversations as we move forward, amidst ongoing anti-trans sentiment and legislature nationwide.
SEWA-AIFW is heavily invested in Gender-based violence and prevention work, supporting and assisting victim/survivors of Domestic and sexual violence. This decision is an acute example of how Gender-based violence is institutionalized by the highest authorities of the United States. We will be supporting people traveling from other states for abortions: offering shelter/hotel stays and driving them to clinics for safe abortions, as well as continuing to build a coalition of organizations supporting victim/survivors all across the nation.
Today, abortions and reproductive care remain legal in Minnesota under state constitution. Governor Tim Walz writes that “Minnesotans deserve to decide for themselves when to make the most important decision of their lives – whether or not to become a parent.” SEWA-AIFW will be continuing to mobilize with other Minnesotan allies to provide resources and support for our South Asian community members. We know this is a time of uncertainty and stress for people, and thus SEWA will always be here as your ally and resource throughout this process.