Statement of the Re-Build Collective on SCOTUS Overturning Roe V. Wade
Updated: Aug 1, 2022
On Friday, June 24 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down the constitutional right to an abortion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson (MS) Women’s Health Organization. This decision effectively overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions that first declared and affirmed women’s constitutional right to abortion.
This ruling by the judicial branch of the United States government is an intrusion of the state into peoples’ personal lives. As a colonized nation seeking independence and self-determination, We automatically and categorically reject this decision and all that it implies.
The right to the legal and safe medical procedure known as an abortion, the right to terminate a pregnancy and the right to give birth to and to parent a child, is a human right not a civil one. We unequivocally call for the recognition of this international human right, as well as the struggle for democratic rights within the settler colony of the US. We stand with all those resisting this latest blow by the US government.
Additionally, this ruling shows the backwardness of the American empire juxtaposed to the other nations of the world, including Catholic ones, that not only affirm this human right but also provide a variety of mechanisms that insure women and mothering are affirmed, such as paid maternity leave, and quality pre-natal and maternal health care.
Recognizing that the United Nations international definition of genocide includes “Imposing measures intended to prevent births within [a] group,” We also recognize and affirm that Afrikan women as mothers; grandmothers; aunties; doulas; midwives; herbalists; root workers and priests have used their knowledge and skills both to address fertility and terminate pregnancies since time immemorial. We also understand that family planning and access to birth control, historically, is essential to ameliorating some of the effects of poverty, a symptom of a colonized nation under white supremacist capitalist rule.
The increased restrictions and outright bans that will flow from this ruling will not only have devastating effects on New Afrikan women and girls, but also on immigrants from Afrika and the diaspora, as well as Afrikan and New Afrikan gender outlaws - those persons who identify as trans, non-binary, gender nonconforming and queer - who also give birth. We stand in absolute solidarity with them and the fight to secure this democratic, human right within the US.
The devastation that will occur as a result of the criminalization of abortion also includes increased surveillance of New Afrikan and other peoples, including gender outlaws, and the further erosions of the safety and well-being of these persons who are being held in municipal, county, state and federal prisons and detention centers. We unequivocally condemn these current and future human rights violations.
The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States laid bare the illegitimacy of the institution of the presidency. The SCOTUS’ recent ruling has now laid bare the illegitimacy of this branch of government, the “highest” court in the land, that affirms that the laws of this country either follow or violate the U.S. constitution, the foundational anti-black document that did not recognize the humanity of Afrikan people.
In their zeal to take power and carry out their agenda - shaping the US empire into the fascist wasteland of their desires - the ruling class selected and confirmed three conservative judges who boldly lied about their intentions to honor and uphold the precedent of Roe, ignoring their court’s own time-honored tradition. All branches of the United States government - executive, legislative and judicial - are illegitimate and an enemy to the planet and all freedom-seeking and freedom-loving peoples who live here. We stand with all those in resistance to it.
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The Rebuild Collective is a New Afrikan Independence Movement Formation founded by New Afrikan Nationalists, inspired by the thought of Movement theoretician Atiba Shanna, and committed to winning the struggle for Independence and Socialism.