I believe in equality and reproductive freedom for everyone. The recent Supreme Court decision effectively ends Roe and abortion access as we know it, overturning nearly 50 years of precedent. This decision is a horrifying reminder that the far-right will stop at nothing to dismantle reproductive rights.
We didn’t get here by accident. This was a coordinated, well-funded, decades-long effort by anti-abortion politicians. My opponent Ken Calvert has been part of this attack for 30 years: he supported the court’s overturn of Roe, believes rapists should be able to sue doctors who provide abortions to victims of incest, and voted against bipartisan legislation to make it illegal to barricade abortion clinics.
This attack on reproductive rights will not end with the Supreme Court’s decision. Republicans wasted no time in plotting the implementation of a nationwide abortion ban if they retake Congress this fall. We must work together to protect everyone’s freedom to control their own bodies – that means Democrats fighting for every House seat we can, and picking up a handful of U.S. Senate seats in November. In the meantime:
- House Democrats took decisive action to codify Roe and the right to an abortion by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). We must continue to pressure the Senate to end the filibuster and pass the WHPA as soon as possible.
- The federal government must ensure access to medication abortion, the most common method of abortion, and which already has FDA approval.
- The FDA must take immediate steps to loosen constraints on medication abortion that experts already agree are unnecessary.
- The Department of Justice must protect the rights of people who travel across states to access abortions, ensuring they are not criminally prosecuted upon returning to home states where services are prohibited.
Will Rollins is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund; NARAL Pro-Choice America; and CA-NOW.