Abortion is still legal in D.C., but trigger laws go into effect in many states. Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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The decision we feared was coming is finally official: In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, denying pregnant people the constitutional right to an abortion.

This decision is, in no uncertain terns, fucking disgusting. It shows that the majority of the court believes those who can get pregnant do not have the right to decide whether or not to carry that pregnancy to term. Our lives and decisions are secondary to the life of a still-developing fetus.

What does the decision mean for people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia? D.C. leaders say they’ll keep abortion legal—the District has been a safe haven for those seeking abortion care since the Texas abortion ban took effect late last year and in the years before Roe. But given that Congress approves all of our laws, things could get complicated if Republicans take control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections. President Biden would likely veto a law that restricted D.C.’s abortion access, but he didn’t mention the District in his speech this afternoon.

Maryland codified access to abortions in 1991, and voters upheld it in a 1992 referendum. A law that kicks in July 1 expands which clinicians can perform abortions in the state. In Virginia, abortions remain legal until 25 weeks of gestation. But Gov. Glenn Youngkin praised the court’s decision and vowed to work with legislators in the state to “take every action I can” to restrict rights to abortion.

So what do we do now? Those looking to take part in a collective action can head to the Supreme Court on First Street NE with the D.C. Dyke March and other activist groups. Keep in mind that D.C. police will be fully activated until at least Tuesday in anticipation of protests.

If you want to donate to abortion funds and support independent abortion clinics, check out the D.C. Abortion Fund and the Keep Our Clinics initiative. If you’re looking for something physical to do, consider volunteering with DCAF or other abortion funds in the region.

And if you need access to abortion services, you can find information confidentially by visiting ineedana.

While we may be consumed with sorrow, as the dissenting justices wrote, we should also be fueled by righteous anger. Take this moment to stand up for yourself, for those who need care, and remember: EVERYONE LOVES SOMEONE WHO’S HAD AN ABORTION. 

Caroline Jones (cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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