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Statement from UDW’s Assistant Executive Director Johanna Hester and Executive Director Doug Moore on SCOTUS’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade:

As a union of 145,000 home care and family child care providers, the majority of whom are women and people of color, we believe that any attempt to take away rights or deny access to health care is unacceptable.

And make no mistake: reproductive care is health care.

With the announcement that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, women, trans people, and non-binary people are under attack. Haven’t women, especially women of color, taken on enough burdens for this country?  We will not be silent while our fundamental right to control our own bodies is at stake.

With this ruling, SCOTUS could be paving the way to overturn other long-protected individual freedoms. What’s next? Our voting rights? Marriage equality? We know one thing for sure: now is the time to hold our elected leaders accountable to their promises to protect our rights. Voting is just the first step, and we must make our voices heard every step of the way.

At UDW we believe that health care and privacy are human rights. We will fight any attempt to diminish or deny these rights.