NJEA leaders, President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson, released this statement today following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade:
“We are angered by the Supreme Court’s refusal to honor and protect the bodily autonomy of women in America. Today’s regressive ruling disregards half a century of precedent and further alienates our nation of our founding ideals of personal liberty.This is an affront to the civil rights of every American.
“As representatives of a female-dominated profession and as advocates for justice for all, we are particularly concerned about the women most likely to be immediately harmed by this decision. Those women with fewer resources, living in states with regressive legislatures and governors, are especially at risk now and until this despicable decision is reversed.
“We are grateful to live in a state where our Governor and our Legislature have acted decisively to protect the right of New Jersey residents to access necessary health care, including essential reproductive health care. Because of their foresight and courage, New Jersey remains a safe place for women seeking needed reproductive health care.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision, however, shows how fragile this right is if it is not fully protected at the federal level. We call on the United States Congress to act quickly to enshrine reproductive health care rights at the federal level to protect women across America from this gross invasion of their privacy and medical autonomy.