The recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade is an assault on human rights, with people of color and people from low-income backgrounds suffering the greatest consequences. The ruling–which will inarguably deepen the inequities in our country–is counter to AAM’s mission and values, which hold equity at their core. This decision also causes great concern for other established protections for many other vulnerable and disenfranchised populations across the United States.
Museums have a long history of telling the stories of disenfranchisement and the women’s movement. These stories include chronicling that safe and legal access to reproductive health care has allowed women to make large advances in public, educational, and workforce equality. These advances are threatened by this decision–deeply impacting the people in our field and our staff. We support the right of everyone to exercise bodily autonomy and access safe reproductive, gender affirming, and contraceptive care.