Out in the Streets to Defend Roe V. Wade and Reproductive Rights

Stop the Right-Wing Attack on Civil Rights

On June 24th, the Supreme Court overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade that protected
the legal right to abortion nationwide. As a result, millions of women in the United States will
lose access to abortion as trigger bans kick in. This latest attack follows a host of oppressive laws against women and the LGBTQ+ community pushed by the Republican Party in state
legislatures across the country.

Over the last month and a half since the draft opinion was leaked, Biden and the Democratic
Party failed to pass a federal abortion rights bill, despite the Democratic Party currently
controlling the legislative and executive branches and Biden’s campaign promise to make Roe v. Wade the “law of the land .” Nor has the Democratic Party mobilized any mass protests or
movements that could have offered a real opposition to this assault. Almost 60% of people in the U.S. believe that abortion should be legal, and unelected Supreme Court judges should not
decide the fate of hundreds of millions of Americans. Only an independent working-class
movement can lead the charge against these attacks on our rights.

The Independent Socialist Group (ISG) calls for:

● Mass protests and workplace actions by workers and youth to defend and extend
access to abortion. We demand a real right to choose, including the legal right, the
resources, and the freedom from social pressures when deciding to have or not have
● Unions, left groups, and progressive organizations must organize an independent
movement of workers and youths, separate from the two corporate parties, that relies on
mass mobilizations, not lobbying, to demand universal, legally protected, and accessible
reproductive rights. Unions should organize workplace actions, including shutdowns,
pickets, and strikes to defend the rights of their members and fight for universal
healthcare, including access to abortion care.
● Expand access to reproductive healthcare. Replace the broken for-profit healthcare
system with comprehensive universal healthcare that provides inclusive healthcare for
women, LGBTQ+ people, and people of color. Create good union jobs by building new
public healthcare and childcare facilities and expanding public transit, especially to rural
● We need a workers’ party! Democrats have used the promise of defending abortion
rights to try to convince workers to vote them into office for the last 50 years. Workers,
activists, and left organizations must break from the Democrats to build an independent
workers’ party, free of corporate money and accountable to its members. A party for
working people can unite with mass movements and labor to fight for civil rights and
help organize to defend and extend abortion rights. It could also fight for other reforms like universal healthcare, universal childcare, fully funded and staffed schools, affordable
housing, and a future free from climate catastrophe.
● A new, democratic justice system! Replace the Supreme Court with a judicial body that
is directly elected by workers in the U.S, with judges accountable to the people and
subject to recall.