Washington, DC - 06/24/2022
Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) expressed its deep displeasure and disagreement with the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, saying it holds grim implications for the future of women’s rights and autonomy in the United States.
“This disturbing development is the direct result of a religious conservatism that seeks to impose its own orthodoxy, to control women’s bodies and undermine church-state separation,” said Muhammad Syed, President of EXMNA.
With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortion is now almost entirely illegal in several American states, including without exceptions for rape in Louisiana, Kentucky, and South Dakota. Additionally, numerous state officials have signaled that they will move to enact further restrictions in the coming weeks and months.
“America has taken one step closer—backward—toward the dozens of Islamic nations where ‘secularism’ is a dirty word and women are second-class citizens,” continued Syed. “This ruling is wholly inconsistent with liberal principles of freedom and equality under the law—principles which have long safeguarded the world’s advanced democracies from the barbarism and dysfunction of theocracy.”
EXMNA is calling on federal and state lawmakers to take immediate action and codify in law women’s reproductive freedoms.
“Wherever possible, a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body must be guaranteed in writing. This includes abortion rights as well as access to safe and effective birth control,” said Syed. “In this vein, we applaud and support Attorney General Merrick Garland’s recent statement asserting that states may not ban ‘abortion pills’ like mifepristone.”
EXMNA additionally stated it will continue to champion and advocate for women’s rights, whether in North America or abroad.
Since 2013, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), an IRS registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit, has stood for the rights and dignities of those who leave Islam. Ex-Muslims of North America advocates for acceptance of religious dissent, promotes secular values, and aims to reduce discrimination faced by those who leave Islam.