Today, Advocates for Youth and We Testify filed a landmark Supreme Court amicus brief comprised of the narratives of people who have had abortions, and joined by over 6,600 people who have had abortions, representing all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Advocates for Youth commends the Biden administration for taking essential legal action to protect the right to abortion access for all Texans, including low-income, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC young people who are directly impacted by the dangerous restrictions set forth in SB 8.
The first priority of education should be to put young people’s needs first - and that includes transgender young people. Why have these states chosen to abandon that mission? What reason could be more compelling than our need to protect young people’s safety?
Advocates for Youth applauds the introduction of the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Families Act. The bill was introduced this morning by Representative Pramila Jayapal and Senator Cory Booker with over 80 original cosponsors, and is endorsed by over 250 organizations who believe in the importance of accessible health care for all.
“Within 13 seconds of arriving on the scene, the police officer had fired the shots that killed Ma’Khia. The policing of Black communities is a threat to young Black lives, and it’s past time for policy makers and youth-serving professionals to acknowledge that - and to take radical action to fight that threat."
These days, weeks, and years are hard - from watching the prosecution blame George Floyd’s death on anything but the police officer who killed him, to the killings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright by police, to the frequent reports that there has been another killing, another officer unpunished, another protest met with even more brutality from the state. These guilty verdicts help a little - but it isn’t enough. It’s far from enough.