June 29, 2022

A Message from Susan & Henry Samueli

Last week we witnessed the removal of a constitutional right for millions with the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the 50-year precedent established by Roe vs. Wade. This is the first time in American history that a constitutional right, relied upon by millions of Americans, has been rescinded.

This consequential moment in our society generates a wide mix of emotions and responses, all of which we respect as a family that prides itself on inclusivity. However, we feel compelled to share – in blunt and unvarnished terms – where we stand in this moment.

We are proudly pro-choice. We believe people are to be trusted with health care decisions, especially the most intimate and personal ones that involve when and if to bring a child into this world.

We are devastated to see people lose the constitutional right to abortion and the tidal wave of subsequent state-based legislation banning abortion under all circumstances, including rape and incest. The breadth and speed of these new laws are stunning in their cruelty towards girls, women, trans and non-binary people, health care providers, and families who are irreversibly impacted.

Those who will feel the brunt of this decision are those who are already most disadvantaged – the poor, Black and Brown people, girls who live in abusive situations. We stand shoulder to shoulder with all people affected by this upheaval.

For anyone suffering physically or emotionally based on last week’s decision, please know how much we stand with you. But our promise of solidarity and words of support are not sufficient. We need to act.

With Board approval and under Lindsey’s leadership, The Samueli Family Philanthropies will make a new, large commitment to supporting choice and access. We are actively exploring where we can make the biggest difference to immediately alleviate suffering, and the biggest long-term impact in the future.

We care deeply about our daughters, our granddaughter, our larger community, and the future health and prosperity of our country.

Henry and Susan Samueli