Two Years After Dobbs, Black Women Rise Up to Fight Against MAGA Extremism and Defend Their Freedoms

To mark the second anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, DNC Director of Outreach Communications Tracy King released the following statement: 

“Make no mistake – Trump is the reason that more than half of Black women of reproductive age now live in states that have either banned or restricted abortion. The Dobbs ruling cleared the path for Trump’s MAGA minions nationwide to wage relentless attacks on reproductive health care — from dangerous, extreme abortion bans and threatening IVF access, to prosecuting women and doctors. Trump and the MAGA GOP’s anti-freedom agenda builds on the significant and disproportionate hardship and disparities Black women face in accessing basic health care. Come November, Black women will head to the polls to reelect President Biden and Vice President Harris — the only ticket fighting to protect our reproductive freedoms and restore our rights.” 

Black women are disproportionately bearing the brunt of Trump’s actions to rip away abortion rights. 

The Guardian: “More than half of US Black women aged 15-49 live under abortion bans – report” 

“More than 6.7 million Black women – nearly 57% of Black women in the US between the ages of 15 and 49 – live in the 26 states that have restricted or banned abortion since Roe was overturned in June 2022.”

Texas Tribune: “Facing higher teen pregnancy and maternal mortality rates, Black women will largely bear the brunt of abortion limits”

Vox: “The United States is now a country without a legal right to an abortion. In this new reality, Black women will suffer the most.

“Black women are more likely to live in areas where it’s harder to access contraception

“For centuries, Black women have fought for autonomy over their bodies, against government-sanctioned abuse and abuse from intimate partners. The end of a constitutional right to legal abortion makes the fight harder.”

Since Dobbs, Trump has repeatedly bragged about killing Roe and proudly takes credit for the dangerous, extreme abortion bans plaguing women across the country.

Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”

Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Business Insider: “Trump boasts he’s ‘proud’ about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the issue that has become ballot-box poison for Republicans”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”

Trump campaign radio ad: “And Trump nominated conservative judges, leading to Roe v. Wade being overturned.”

FWIW: “This week, we found more evidence that the Trump campaign has no interest in ‘moderating’ on the issue of abortion. On Monday, his team began running new Facebook video ads targeting voters in Iowa, referring to Trump as ‘THE MOST Pro-Life President in history.”

Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”

Trump: “Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was an incredible thing for pro-life because it gave pro-life something to negotiate with. Pro-life had absolutely nothing, being stuck in Roe v. Wade, to negotiate with. … And look, everybody that was president wanted to get rid and tried to get rid of Roe v. Wade … For fifty years, this has been going on. I was able to do it, and I was very honored to do it.”

Trump plans to take his deeply unpopular, extremist agenda even further if elected – implementing a national abortion ban that will put the health and lives of women nationwide at risk. 

Associated Press: “Trump says he will support national ban on abortions around 15 weeks of pregnancy”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Wants to Ban Abortion Nationwide: Report”

New York Times: “Trump Privately Expresses Support for a 16-Week Abortion Ban”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Floats National Abortion Ban After Claiming He’s ‘On the Side of Women’”

Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.” 

Trump on if he would sign a six-week national abortion ban: “I’m looking at all options.”

Trump: “We’ll pick something that’s going to be very, very good for pro-life … I’m going to be in there pushing.”

Hill: “The Trump administration formally backed a House bill Monday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. … It would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison or both.”

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris administration is fighting to protect reproductive health care for all Americans.

Politico: “Biden’s top priority for a second term: Abortion rights”

ABC News: “Biden administration announces new steps to protect contraceptives, abortion medication on Roe anniversary” 

“It’s the latest attempt by the federal government to preserve abortion access and protect reproductive health care since the Supreme Court’s decision in June 2022 to end federal protections for abortion rights…

“To strengthen contraception access, the administration said it will implement several measures, including federal agencies issuing new guidance to ‘clarify standards’ and make sure Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive medications are available for free under the Affordable Care Act.”

White House Fact Sheet: “Since 2021, funding to reduce maternal mortality has grown by over $190 million, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to addressing needs in this area. The Budget continues this progress by including $376 million, an increase of $82 million above the 2023 enacted level to support the ongoing implementation of the White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, launched by the Vice President, to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates, and address the highest rates of perinatal health disparities. 

“The Budget expands Medicaid maternal health support services during the pregnancy and post-partum period by incentivizing States to reimburse a broad range of providers including doulas, community health workers, peer support initiatives, and nurse home visiting programs.”