A message to our community:
We are profoundly disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This egregious decision:
- eliminates federal constitutional protection of the right to abortion
- effectively limits, eliminates, and/or criminalizes abortion and various other reproductive health services in more than half of all states in the United States
- provides precedent to scale back other civil and human rights such as marriage equality
- represents a significant step backward in efforts to tackle food insecurity
As we know, hunger is fundamentally a political issue. It’s a result of systemic failures that prioritize the interests of some people (very often white men) over others (everyone else). It’s a result of longstanding barriers to opportunity for people of color, women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. It’s a result of partisan unwillingness to build the infrastructure needed to truly support families: from advancing a living wage and affordable childcare options, to strengthening safety net programs such as SNAP, to – yes – ensuring pregnant people have the ultimate say in their reproductive destinies.
Congressman Jim McGovern, a longtime champion of efforts to tackle food insecurity in Massachusetts and beyond says, “We have the resources to end hunger – what we lack is the political will.” His words ring sadly and particularly true today not just about hunger, but all forms of social and civil justice.
While here in Massachusetts, our state constitution currently protects the right to choose, we stand with our family, friends, and colleagues in states where that right is no longer guaranteed. We stand with the Massachusetts advocates and healthcare providers, who are already responding and providing safe healthcare to those coming to our state for help, and who will be further called upon in unprecedented ways to respond to a crisis in reproductive medicine. We stand with and for those people most affected by today’s ruling, often those who are the same people affected most acutely by the hunger crisis.
For any member of Spoonfuls’ staff who elects, we have pledged our support, in their names, to a number of organizations working to advance reproductive justice, including:
- Black Mamas Matter Alliance
- Indigenous Women Rising
- National Abortion Federation
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
If you’re able, follow the links above to join us in making a gift now to one of these organizations whose services have never been as badly needed as they are today. Or consider a gift to your own chosen reproductive rights-focused nonprofit.
Until such time as we have the political will, we at Spoonfuls commit to being a resource to all who count on us to deliver, including speaking up when the moment requires – and the moment requires.
Ashley & the Spoonfuls’ team