As a health care safety net provider for more than 1 million people in two states, the UVM Health Network exists to serve the needs of our patients. So when the essential right of patients to make decisions about their health care is jeopardized, we have an obligation to speak up. This is one of those times.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – and the subsequent move by politicians in many states to curb or eliminate access to safe abortion services – undermines health care access for millions of people. This impact falls disproportionately on those who already faced long-standing health care inequities and systemic or socioeconomic barriers to health and wellness. Access to reproductive health care – previously a constitutional right – is now in large part determined by geography, politics and privilege.