Cascadia Wildlands’ Statement on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
The decisions from the Supreme Court this week demonstrate that the court is no longer a neutral arbiter wedded to the Constitution, but instead is an arm of the minority extreme right-wing intent on removing rights and defying the will of the people. As an organization that has long used the law as a tool for good in our work to defend and restore Cascadia’s wild places and wildlife, we are appalled by the recent dangerous decisions from the Supreme Court and deeply concerned about what will come next. We know that marginalized communities in our country will bear the brunt of the malicious impacts of these opinions.
For the first time in history, the court stripped the people of a Constitutional right, denying bodily autonomy to half of Americans. This dangerous trend includes a decision, expected any day, that may destroy the government’s ability to regulate the causes of climate change. The language in the decision overturning Roe v. Wade imperils other fundamental rights as well: the right to marry who you love regardless of race or gender identity, and access to contraception.
We add our voices to the chorus of advocates calling for immediate changes both to codify reproductive freedoms and to address and remedy the politicization of the court. Our future — the health of individuals and the planet — depends on such actions.