Today, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a full frontal assault on reproductive rights that will have devastating consequences for millions of people, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous women. Eliminating the right to safe, legal abortions increases health risks and endangers lives, because abortions will still happen. This decision weakens the foundation for many others fundamental rights that should never have to be challenged or debated. Justice Thomas has made it clear in his opinion that legal protections for birth control, same-sex and interracial marriage — and even the right to have sex — are now vulnerable under this official decision.”
“When it comes to our bodies, we have the right to choose and no one, absolutely no one, should tell us the decisions to make. Hip Hop Caucus and our communities will fight until our reproductive rights are restored state by state and we will make clear to lawmakers that they must respect our votes this November and respect our choice.”
About Hip Hop Caucus
Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.