SJSU campus community,
San José State University has a proud tradition of supporting social justice and speaking out against harmful inequities, including in access to health care. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade is a jarring rebuttal of those values.
Fortunately, we live in a state that values individual rights and freedoms.
Governor Gavin Newsom has released a statement that is unequivocal. In California, there will continue to be access to all forms of health care, including those involving reproductive rights. Read the full statement online.
CSU Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester also issued a strong statement (below).
I’m proud of our state and our system for being so unambiguous in their commitment and support of the ability of all residents to make these deeply personal decisions.
I want to be clear that we are here to support everyone and that support will not waver. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to these resources on campus: Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Employee Assistance Program and SJSU Cares.
The following statement can be attributed to California State University (CSU) Chancellor Jolene Koester:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade strips away the hard-earned protection of an inherent fundamental human right that has been guaranteed for 50 years.
“I am profoundly saddened and deeply concerned about the impact this decision will have, not only on people’s ability to make informed decisions about their personal health, but on their agency to pursue educational and occupational opportunities. I am equally distressed by the broader implications of today’s decision that threaten other fundamental freedoms we hold dear – including additional privacy rights and marriage equality – with particularly ominous potential impacts to the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Freedom – at its foundation – is about the removal of barriers. The CSU exists to remove barriers to knowledge, understanding, prosperity and the fulfillment of one’s potential. Today’s decision is indeed antithetical to the CSU’s ideals. Our mission is to empower students from all backgrounds to freely pursue their personal and professional dreams as part of a fair and just society. The California State University community remains steadfast to that mission, and will strengthen our collective commitment to our core values.”