Julie Burkhart, Founder of Wellspring Health Access, released the following statement responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling today overturning Roe v. Wade. Wellspring Health Access is working to open a new clinic in Casper, Wyoming, that will provide comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion care.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a devastating blow to abortion access in Wyoming and across the country. With this ruling, the Court rejects the fundamental right of women and all people to make decisions about their bodies, their families and their health without interference from politicians. As with all attacks on reproductive health care, the impact of this ruling will be felt most severely by those who already face the greatest barriers to access. In Wyoming, that includes people living in rural communities, the Native population and people with low incomes.
“Despite this deeply harmful and cruel decision, we remain fully committed to doing everything in our power to help the people of Wyoming get the health care they need. We are continuing to work toward opening our clinic, and our goal remains to provide compassionate abortion care as long as legally permitted.
“The Wyoming constitution has strong protections for Wyomingites’ bodily autonomy. We will fight tooth and nail to protect this fundamental right for the people of Wyoming, including in the courts. We call on Wyoming lawmakers to honor the Wyoming constitution and take action to protect abortion access for the people of this state.”