By The National Action Network

The Decision Ends 50 Years Of Federal Abortion Rights, With 26 States Certain or Likely to Ban Abortion

New York, NY (June 24, 2022) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday, June 24. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Today’s ruling leaves abortion legality up to the discretion of individual states — 26 of which are likely to ban abortion through trigger laws, 6- or 8-week bans, or near-total bans. A leaked draft of the decision in early May sparked widespread backlash across the country from pro-choice supporters and activists, who assert that removing this right will only lead to unsafe, clandestine abortions and force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

“The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade is a blatant attempt to bring us back to the dark ages. It will disproportionately impact Black women and poor women. This must be resisted aggressively. States must enact laws to protect women.”

About National Action Network (NAN) 

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.

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