Reproductive Justice and Abortion Access
Strengthen maternal health services and safe, legal abortion care
For more than fifty years, YWCA USA has supported the reproductive freedom of all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children. In issuing its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and with it more than 50 years of legal precedent, disproportionately impacting the lives of young women and people of color who are already marginalized in our healthcare system. While racial disparities in health care increase pregnancy concerns for Black women, they also face a maternal health crisis that leaves them at four times greater risk of dying due to a pregnancy-related death, deepening the impacts of the decision in Dobbs. Bodily autonomy and the right to have an abortion are fundamental rights of all persons.
YWCA urges immediate action by elected officials to:
- Codify equal access to safe, legal abortion care for all
- Strengthen maternal health and improve health outcomes for survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as women of color
Bills We Support/Oppose
- Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023 (S.701 / H.R.12)
- Abortion Justice Act of 2023 (H.R.4303)
- Black Maternal Health Momnibus (S.1606 / H.R.3505
Support the Women’s Health Protection Act
Abortion access is fundamental. It’s time we raise our voices and call on Congress to take immediate action and protect that right!
Download these resources to learn more
- YWCA USA amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
- Download the Legislative Priorities for the 118th Congress: One-pager