Washington, D.C. — Following Monday’s leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, People’s Parity Project’s Policy & Program Director Tristin Brown released the following statement:
“The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe and Casey is the culmination of a concerted and sustained effort by conservatives that has lasted for half a century — and they’re not going to stop with overturning the right to abortion. As was repeatedly signaled during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing, and as Justice Samuel Alito makes clear in the draft opinion, unenumerated rights like the right to contraception, same-sex and interracial marriage, sexual privacy and more are all on the chopping block. This 6–3 illegitimate Court has moved lockstep with far-right activists to achieve dystopian policy outcomes, continuing to show its hand and rip off the veil of legitimacy that has compelled so many to revere it for centuries.
We must all take this Court at their own word and see them for what they are — an illegitimate political actor built to roll back the fundamental rights and freedoms of people throughout the country. Now is the time for our elected representatives to act immediately on behalf of the will of the majority of the people by abolishing the filibuster to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and expanding the Court to immediately add four seats to the bench. Anything less than that is an intentional decision to accept this draft opinion and the many more horrifying and harmful decisions that are sure to follow.”
People’s Parity Project is a movement of attorneys and law students organizing for a democratized legal system which values people over profits, builds the power of working people, and opposes subordination of any form. Together, we are dismantling a profession that upholds corporate power and building a legal system that is a force for justice and equity. Our work focuses on building power for working people in the civil legal system through organizing, policy innovation, political education, and solidarity. Learn more: peoplesparity.org/about.