At Upstream, we are heartbroken by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer and champion for gender equality. Always the quintessential happy warrior, she seemed undaunted by any challenge. Her life changed millions of lives, especially those who strived for an equal education or who wanted equal pay. Her powerful voice paved the way toward a more just society.
Our work at Upstream is guided by her torchlight as we seek to create more equitable access to all contraceptive methods across the nation.
At this critical moment, during a pandemic where so many women are deciding to delay becoming pregnant and the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act that governs reproductive care options across the US, we feel her loss deeply. This makes our work more important than ever.
But this time also underscores the critical work that we must continue to do to reduce unintended pregnancies nationwide.
We can honor Justice Ginsburg’s memory by continuing our fight for equity and justice. Too often, vulnerable communities don’t have the same access to excellent care. Upstream is proud to be doing our part to change that — to expand access to contraception and ensure that people have control of their own pregnancy decisions.
The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”
– Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg