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Jun 27

AFL-CIO: Right of Everyone to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Liz Shuler has issued a public statement following the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus allowing USA states to effectively make abortions illegal:

“The decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is a devastating blow to working women and families across this country. We strongly believe that everyone should have control over their own bodies, including decisions over their personal reproductive health care. At a time when we should be focused on expanding equity for all working people, particularly for marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, this ruling will only deepen racial and economic disparities.

The burden of this decision will undoubtedly fall on low-income women and gender-oppressed people, and no one should be forced into financial insecurity because they have been denied reproductive health care. Our government also must prioritize overdue and necessary investments in our child care system, and family and medical paid leave; it must end the gender wage gap and increase access to jobs with high wages and good benefits.” To read the full statement, click here

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