Gender Equity Center

SMC Statement on Reproductive Justice and Rights


Worried About the Overturn of Roe v. Wade?

Get Informed + Resources to Help

May 10, 2022 (updated June 24, 2022)

Last week, a leaked draft ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court—which has since been confirmed as authentic, though not final—sent shock waves throughout the nation, and a sense of despair has set in, as a law that for nearly half a century protected women’s right to choose appears to be potentially at stake. While an overturn of Roe v. Wade would impact all women, it would most certainly disproportionately affect women from low-income communities and women of color.

majority of the American public support safe, legal abortion and the protections offered by Roe. Americans in every region of the nation trust women to make decisions about their own bodies.

We have heard from many in our college community how distressing this current threat posed by the leaked ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade is. The climate that has emerged around the country and here in the Los Angeles area demonstrates that this is a polarizing moment; as the writer Roxane Gay states eloquently, “We should not live in a country where bodily autonomy can be granted or taken away by nine political appointees, most of whom are men and cannot become pregnant.”

Note that as of the moment of this statement’s publication, the opinion is a leaked draft and the Supreme Court’s final opinion is not expected until this summer. We know how troubling this news can be. The SMC community has thoughtfully provided the following resources—beginning with SMC mental wellbeing resources to help you cope, reliable news sources, and more. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to and use these resources as needed, and share this information with others. Know that you are not alone. SMC cares.

-Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President; Michael Tuitasi, Vice President, Student Affairs; Thomas Bui, Interim Associate Dean, Student Life.


Reliable News Sources on the Roe v. Wade Issue

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