Today should have been the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Instead, too many people can’t get the medical care they need where they need it when they need it. Students who are desperate for help get the runaround. Poor women face impossible hurdles. Children who have survived rape and become pregnant are frightened and confused. Fertility clinics are abandoning services. And families that had hoped for a baby face excruciating heartache when the pregnancy goes wrong, and doctors are barred from helping.

At every turn, we see a new form of hell, brought to us by an extremist Supreme Court and a powerful band of Republican politicians determined to obliterate reproductive freedom across the country.

To every person watching these events unfold and feeling the hurt, I see you. I am with you, and I grieve alongside you.

But I do more than grieve. More than complain. I fight back—and I ask you to keep fighting too. Because right now, this is our moment to act. And if we don’t, we might not get another opportunity for a long, long time.

Roe v. Wade wasn’t overturned by some accident or surprise. We’re here because Republican extremists have been waging a decades-long war to take down Roe. They poured billions of dark money into our politics to chip away at our rights. They handpicked extremist judges with proven anti-abortion records. They took over state and local governments. They built an anti-Roe coalition in Congress. And the very second that the Supreme Court gave them the green light, they jumped into action to try to outdo each other by enacting the most severe restrictions possible on abortion access.

The result? Over the last year and a half, over 20 states have banned or severely restricted abortion access, passed laws criminalizing doctors who perform abortions, or threatened access to pregnancy care, miscarriage care, fertility assistance, and more. Well-organized and well-funded extremists have brought lawsuits to further restrict access, hoping to undermine access in states that are firmly pro-choice.

The result has been cruel and frightening. Some people have given in to despair. But I don’t see it that way.

To me, the end of Roe marked a new era in the movement for abortion rights. Yes, an era that has been harrowing for people across this country, but also one that marks the end of a plan Republicans hatched 40 years ago to reverse Roe, and the beginning of a new chapter. And in this new chapter, we’re leading the way.

Together, we’ve made clear that an overwhelming majority of Americans support reproductive freedom and individuals’ rights to make decisions about their own bodies. Across this country, millions of Americans have come together and said they are with us. Not just in places like California and New York, but in Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. The Biden-Harris administration has stepped up to vigorously protect reproductive freedom – from defending medication abortion from baseless lawsuits to preserving access to care for service members and veterans to strengthening protections for patients’ sensitive health information.

Republicans know that the majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe, but they aren’t letting up. Instead, overturning Roe isn’t enough for them—they want more. They have introduced legislation to ban abortion nationwide, and if they can’t pass it through Congress, they’ll use a Republican president to dust off a 19th century “anti-obscenity” law instead.

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