Following is a statement from NMAC executive director Paul Kawata on the Supreme Court overturning of Roe V. Wade.

“NMAC strongly condemns the overturning of Roe V. Wade. This decision will have a disastrous effect on health care for women, particularly women of color. Make no mistake, this decision directly targets marginalized Americans, particularly poor women of color. It also sets a very dangerous precedent of allowing lawmakers to make intensely personal decisions for women.”

“We have no doubt that the conservative supermajority on the court will not stop with Roe. Justice Thomas’s chilling concurring opinion makes it very clear that the court could target other rights provided by the Court, marriage equality, contraception access, and LGBTQ+ intimacy in private to name a few.”

“At this sorrowful time for American’s who believe is reproductive freedoms, this is not a time to lose hope. It is a time for Americans who strongly defend a woman’s right to choose, LGBTQ+ Americans, and our allies to join forces and continue to fight for what health choices, marriage equality, and the non-discriminatory laws. Those who came before us fought hard against long odds and succeeded – we will as well.”

NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.