June 2022

A statement from Stephanie Hightower on Roe v. Wade decision

The following is a statement from Columbus Urban League President & CEO Stephanie Hightower on the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade offers another sad example of how America’s commitment to eliminating racial and gender disparities is too often a hollow promise.

No question that the decision is a tremendous setback for all women and one that carries unmeasurable repercussions. But the decision’s unequal impact on Black and poor women, women who are more likely to lack the resources to find or afford alternatives, echoes, at best, indifference.

The schisms that divide us desperately need healing, whether between rich and poor, black and white, liberal and conservative. We will never find common ground if we continue ignoring or diminishing the challenges and realities of other people’s lives.

Your Columbus Urban League will continue advocating for true racial equity and social justice. Today reminds us: the fight is real.

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