Candidate calls for Montgomery County and Maryland to lead on Reproductive Justice in the face of nationwide attacks on the Right to Choose
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (January 22, 2022) – Brandy Brooks, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large, releases the following statement on the 49th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:
On the 49th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the right of pregnant people to exercise control over their future has been eroded further than at any point in those last fifty years. Today and everyday, we must affirm the basic human right of a person to have children or not have children. Already, we see people seeking refuge in Maryland to receive crucial services as anti-choice politicians crack down on established constitutional rights in neighboring states. We must support those who travel to our state for reproductive health care. We know that restrictions on access to abortion, contraception, and other reproductive care fall most severely on youth, people with disabilites, poor and working class people, and people of color.
Our fight for reproductive justice is the fight for universal health care, including the full spectrum of reproductive care, regardless of income or documentation status. Our fight for reproductive justice is the fight for accessible health care including prenatal care and abortion services in every community. Our fight for reproductive justice is the fight for childcare, education, living wage jobs, and high-quality affordable housing so every person and family can flourish in our community. Our fight for reproductive justice is the fight for transit justice, so people can access all the services and amenities they need. Our fight for reproductive justice is the fight for paid family, parental, and medical leave so that workers can receive the care they need without a loss of income.
In this critical moment, Montgomery County and the State of Maryland cannot stop at simply protecting the legal right to access abortion services but must demonstrate leadership by becoming national leaders in the struggle for intersectional reproductive justice.