For Immediate Release
Tampa Bay Access Force
TAMPA, FLORIDA, May 19 – Tampa Bay Access Force is alarmed over the Supreme Court agreeing to review a case that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization challenges the constiutionality of a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks. If the law is ruled constitutional, this would have a major impact for access to abortion throughout the Southeast.
The fundamental right to make decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures is essential to the pursuit of racial, reproductive, and economic justice. Abortion restrictions are part of the intertwined systems of oppression that deny Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) their constitutional rights. The people hurt most by abortion restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing healthcare, including women, Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), those working to make ends meet, members of the LGBTQI+ community, immigrants, young people, those living in rural communities, and people with disabilities.
“This year we have seen a huge increase in demand, and this threat from the Supreme Court will burden people who need abortion access even more,” said Lisa Kovacs, board member for TBAF.
We urge the passing of the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 to protect abortion rights throughout the nation, and allow for people to have full bodily autonomy. To access abortion and reproductive healthcare support in the Southeast, visit TBAFund.com or call 727-314-3956.