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National orgs react to SCOTUS draft opinion on Roe

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LGBTQ and reproductive rights organizations blasted the draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

“This is a dark hour for our country,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “The draft opinion seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, should it become the majority ruling, would be a devastating and irreparable blow to women’s rights and the right to privacy. Such an assault will have dangerous impacts on women and will cost lives. It also has enormous consequences for LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities whose legal rights often rely on the fundamental right to privacy, which the court majority appears determined to undermine.”

“Constitutional rights should not be played with or taken away,” said Victoria Kirby York, deputy executive director at the National Black Justice Coalition. “Constitutional rights should only be expanded to ensure everyone has access to the same rights. If made binding, the language in this draft decision would set a horrible precedent not in line with the aspirations of equality that our nation seeks to achieve. Simply put, a narrowing of the 14th amendment could put the right to interracial marriage, marriage equality for LGBTQ+ people, and other civil rights will be on the chopping block.”

“The leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson, a case primed from the outset to overturn Roe, must be a wake-up call. We’re at a dangerous, unprecedented moment,” said Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director for the Human Rights Campaign. “This court is the most extreme and out-of-step in decades, and they have shown us where they want to go on abortion rights.”

Warbelow said the opinion, while not directly affecting LGBTQ rights cases, would encourage state-level legislators to start testing the limits on LGBTQ issues such as marriage equality.

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