Chief Defender Keisha Hudson on the Defender’s commitment to representing and supporting Philly’s most vulnerable citizens in a post-Roe vs. Wade America.
“No matter where you stand on abortion, there’s no denying that millions of people lost a constitutional right we have had for decades.
“Last week’s ruling will have the greatest impact on poor women, trans and non-binary people of color—the very same communities where most of our clients are from.
This ruling will also impact our justice system. As public defenders, we will be the ones defending many of those held on criminal charges for having, or even seeking, an abortion.
“But this only strengthens our resolve to make sure that our clients continue to get the best legal representation, as well as access to whatever supportive services they need, including healthcare.
“We will continue to partner with community organizations that serve the most vulnerable, and work closely with elected leaders who are committed to fighting for economic and social justice for ALL citizens.”
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