Temple Association of University Professionals – Statement on Abortion Rights and the Supreme Court

A leaked Supreme Court document shows that the Court is preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade. In other words: nine unelected lawyers are threatening one of the most basic democratic rights: the right to bodily autonomy. 

TAUP denounces the Court’s preliminary decision. Abortion, as necessary healthcare, is a labor issue too. Working people must be able to make decisions about their bodies and their lives. Bodily autonomy is at the heart of labor rights!

There is far more at stake than the right to an abortion. Alito’s draft opinion also criticizes Lawrence v. Texas (in which the Supreme Court ruled that Texas’s “sodomy” laws were unconstitutional) and Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage a constitutional right.  According to Alito, “like abortion, these decisions protect phony rights that are not ‘deeply rooted in history.’” 
 
This Court’s decision will do great harm to workers and the oppressed. Already women of color are suffering disproportionality from the laws restricting abortion. This will only escalate once they repeal Roe v. Wade. But it is also the working class and oppressed people who must lead the fight against abortion bans. Now is the time to fight. The Court itself claims that the decision is not yet final. It will be by summer. Thus the next several weeks give us a chance to unite in the struggle to protect the right to an abortion and for reproductive justice.   

TAUP therefore calls on the AFT, and on the AFL-CIO to mobilize all our union siblings. Now is the time for us to demand: “Safe, free, universal access to abortions!”

We won’t go back.

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