Monica Simpson: January 14, 2020

January 22nd Marks the 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade 

Monica Simpson:  Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective: explains why many women continue to be denied access to abortion as threats to care increase

Monica Simpson

Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective


The 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is just around the corner (January 22nd) and the Supreme Court is preparing hear arguments and ultimately rule on a key case involving abortion in 2020.


A 2018 poll showed about 62 percent of voters don’t believe Roe will be overturned. But this year, anti-abortion politicians passed a tidal wave of state abortion bans and restrictions designed to push abortion out of reach entirely. And with the Supreme Court poised to rule on June Medical Services v Gee, a case that could force clinics to shut their doors and cut off access to abortion for women nationwide. Threats to legal abortion in the United States have never been greater:

·         Since 2011, states have passed more than 400 laws restricting abortion — forcing clinics to close and placing medically unnecessary barriers in front of people seeking care.

·         In 2019 alone, an estimated 29 independent abortion clinics were forced to shut down, while 136 have shuttered since 2014.

·         Since President Trump took office, vacancies on the Supreme Court as well as federal courts have increasingly been filled with anti-abortion extremists positioned to uphold and enforce the most dangerous state and federal-level abortion restrictions.

·         The impact of abortion restrictions falls hardest on people struggling financially, especially women of color, young people, immigrant communities, and LGBTQ individuals.


More About Monica Simpson

MONICA SIMPSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective:  Monica Raye Simpson, a queer, black, NC native, has organized extensively against human rights abuse, the prison industry, racism, and systemic violence against Southern black women and LBGTQ people. A proud graduate of the historically black Johnson C. Smith University, she earned a bachelor’s in Communications and organized for LGBTQ rights on and off campus. She then became the Operations Director and the first person of color at the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Community Center. Next, she trained black youth in activism, philanthropy, and fundraising as the Ujamaa Coordinator for Grassroots Leadership. In 2010, she moved to GA to be our Development Coordinator; she was promoted to Deputy Coordinator in 2011, Interim Executive Director in 2012, and Executive Director in 2013.



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