On August 31, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the implementation of Texas law SB8, which not only prevents women from seeking abortions after six weeks of pregnancy but incentivizes private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone aiding a person in obtaining such an abortion. In addition to harming women’s rights to bodily autonomy, this law circumvents normal legal practice and eliminates the accountability of states to follow federal law.
The Zonta USA Caucus asserts that reproductive rights are human rights and a prerequisite for poverty eradication and for positive sustainable development. The Caucus reiterates that every person should have the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and to safely and privately access healthcare. The Texas law is unacceptable, as it disrespects women’s ability to make choices and sets a dangerous precedent in turning citizens against one another by delegating enforcement to private individuals.
Members of the Zonta USA Caucus will use every avenue available to advocate for and to uphold women’s full and equal rights in the United States in keeping with Zonta International’s objects, which include promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.