Comprehensive reproductive healthcare access, including abortion services, is essential.
Today, CCC joins millions of Americans in feeling the shocking loss of reproductive freedom in our country, as a result of the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, effectively ending federal protections for abortion access as a part of comprehensive reproductive health care. The impact of this decision is far-reaching and will embolden many states to restrict or eliminate access to the reproductive healthcare choices people need.
CCC condemns this decision.
Overturning Roe v. Wade stands to disproportionately affect people of color, LGBTQ folks, people experiencing homelessness and housing instability and others who experience systemic barriers to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. CCC values and supports full and unrestricted access to all dimensions of comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all. This is a critical component of health equity for individuals, families and communities.
The ability to decide when, how, and with whom to have a child is deeply important. That decision is a personal one, and one that should be decided by an individual in consultation with their health care provider and family.
“This is a tragic day for the United States and for the many thousands of patients immediately impacted by this ruling,” says Dr. Andy Mendenhall, CCC’s Chief Medical Officer. “The elimination of reproductive health care access is a policy strategy that promotes poverty and intergenerational trauma. This decision jeopardizes the health and safety of millions of people across the country. CCC has, and will continue, to stand strong for the right to access comprehensive reproductive health care.”
Oregon is one of the few states in the U.S. where abortion is fully protected. We are grateful for Oregon’s legal protections. We appreciate the elected leadership who came out strongly and unequivocally today, committing to protect Oregonians’ access to comprehensive healthcare. Finally, we are grateful to the service providers within our region who continue to provide full access to reproductive health care services.