(NEW YORK)– PEN America issued the following statement today from CEO Suzanne Nossel in response to the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade:
 
“Reproductive rights are human rights. We stand in solidarity with all rights defenders leading the fight for reproductive freedom.
 
As a human rights organization, we are deeply alarmed by a decision to brazenly roll back the right to bodily autonomy. When certain well-established rights are treated as dispensable, all other rights – including freedom of speech – become less secure.
 
Freedom of expression rights are also threatened by this decision. PEN America will fiercely fight to protect the open discussion of reproductive rights and health care options for all.” 
 

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Learn more at pen.org.

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, STrimel@PEN.org, 201-247-5057