Planned Parenthood released a statement vowing to continue fighting for abortion rights as the US Supreme Court took the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
“We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now — hurt, anger, confusion,” Planned Parenthood said. “Whatever you feel is OK. We’re here with you — and we’ll never stop fighting for you.”
Planned Parenthood’s statement came just hours after the group and over 100 other reproductive rights organizations released a statement condemning violence in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.
“We reject the tactics and threats of groups that use destruction and violence as a means to an end,” the joint statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Liberate Abortion Campaign said. “They do not speak for us, our supporters, our communities, or our movement.”
The organizations said that it believes in protecting and expanding abortion and reproductive freedoms “through peaceful, non-violent organizing and activism.”
According to Planned Parenthood, people deserve to provide and access abortion care in a “safe and supportive environment.” However, they have faced decades of harassment and intimidation from anti-abortion activists, according to the organizations.
“Abortion providers and reproductive freedom advocates have been threatened, stalked, and even murdered for doing their jobs,” the statement said.
“We also recognize that those most loudly lifting up the actions of groups threatening violence have historically been silent as health centers, providers, and patients have been under threat for far too long,” it said. “They continue to attack abortion and those who seek it with increasingly misleading and hostile rhetoric.”
The organizations ended by saying the American people “do not want lawmakers controlling their bodies, their lives, or their most personal medical decisions.”