LANSING, Mich. (June 24, 2022) — Today, Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s issued opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“The decision to have a child is a very personal, private matter that should be between the pregnant individual and their health care provider, especially when certain health outcomes are at stake. As such, the decision reached by the U.S. Supreme Court today is a devastating blow for communities of color and low-income individuals who already suffer devastating disparities in health care, maternal health, negative implicit biases, and tough economic and social circumstances.

“We have much work to do to address these systemic problems, as many will be exacerbated by this decision, and I am wholeheartedly committed to that work. I have talked to too many single mothers and families with limited incomes to do anything less. My Senate Democratic colleagues and I are adamant in our fight to ensure reproductive freedoms remain intact by ending Michigan’s outdated 1931 law that bans abortions, as we are fully aware that such a matter is hardly a rash decision, much less a simple or emotionless one to make.

“The bottom line: This is not over, and we are not done on this issue. Rather, this is the beginning of a movement by people to protect the freedoms they deserve and to enact the changes they wish to see in this country. What we do next in this moment matters, and I am here for the constituents I serve to fight alongside them every step of the way.”