In favor of reproductive rights
Dear campus community,
We are deeply troubled by the long-term ramifications for reproductive rights if the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization becomes law.
Although only an initial draft opinion, the leaked document, if finalized and released by the Court, would overrule the 1973 decision of the Roe vs. Wade and the 1992 decision of the Family planning c. Casey signaling a dramatic and deeply disappointing reversal of a constitutionally protected right. Protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s right to privacy, pregnant women have had the right to make reproductive decisions for nearly fifty years. Many are rightly troubled that this reversal could mean the Supreme Court will consider — and could overturn — cases based on similar reasoning that led the federal government to recognize other civil rights.
University of California President Michael Drake announced Monday that leaders across the system will review potential impacts to our community and operations, including health services, teaching, research and public service missions. Likewise, campus leaders are evaluating how this possible reversal could impact our campus.
We support quality, affordable, and convenient health care for all and are grateful to California Governor Gavin Newsom and other state leaders for working to protect reproductive rights in our state. UCSC Student Health Services continues to provide students with access to comprehensive reproductive health services and maintains longstanding referral relationships with community organizations.
Our country has made great progress over the past 50 years, but as we experience it today, that progress is fragile and under threat. We must all continue to make a reality of the more just and equitable future that we can all envision and protect and advance human and civil rights for all.
Cindy and Lori
Campus Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor