In response to the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Reproaction co-founders and co-directors Erin Matson and Pamela Merritt released the following statement:
“With the retirement of Justice Kennedy, we are in a state of national emergency. President Trump made a promise to nominate Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. If Senators allow him to replace Justice Kennedy that means the federal right to constitutional abortion will be gone, and those Senators will be complicit in the future deaths and imprisonment of people who were pregnant in the wrong place at the wrong time – a United States that refused to see their humanity.
Reproaction is a left-flank, direct action organization and we know that the time for our work has never been more important. You will be hearing more from us in the days to come.
In the meantime, we would be remiss not to mention our redoubled commitment to our self-managed abortion campaign. Abortion with pills is safe and effective, and data from other countries where abortion is severely restricted shows that women are capable of effectively ending pregnancies on their own. No matter what this political climate brings, we will continue to organize, mobilize, and share the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols for use of misoprostol to end a pregnancy.
We will not be cowed. Donald Trump can take away our rights. He can separate our families, send innocents to prison, and doom people to death. But no matter how much power his hate amasses, he can never take away our dignity.”