Reflecting on the Supreme Court decision on reproductive rights
On Friday, the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade and
Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions. With this ruling, the court has upended nearly
50 years of federal constitutional protection of a woman’s right and access to abortion.
It is clear that this decision will disproportionately affect minoritized communities,
including college-aged, low-income, and BIPOC women and our LGBTQ+ communities.
Washington state has a long history of supporting the full spectrum of reproductive
rights, including being the first state in the nation to legalize abortion through a
vote of its people. We appreciate the recent announcement by Washington Governor Jay
Inslee, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and California Governor Gavin Newsom of their
multi-state commitment to ensure reproductive freedom and abortion access.
Last week’s decision raises significant concerns about what the future may hold
for gender equality — including other rights that are currently constitutionally protected.
At WSU, our priority remains protecting the health and well-being of our Cougar family.
We realize the impact this decision may have on one’s mental health and
encourage Cougs to utilize our available support services. Employees can contact the
WSU Employee Assistance Program toll free state-wide at 1‑877‑313‑4455.
Students can visit the Cougar Health Services crisis support website for access to
local and national resources. The Women*s Center and the
Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center
(GIESORC) can also connect students to resources on their individual campuses.
Kirk H. Schulz
President, WSU System
Elizabeth S. Chilton
Provost and Executive Vice President