One year since Dobbs decision: What can we do now?

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One year since Dobbs decision: What can we do now?

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Today is the first anniversary of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Dobbs decision, which undid decades of reproductive rights & privacy protections provided under Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

This decision has been devastating to reproductive healthcare in this country. In just one year and despite consistent public opinion in support of legal abortion, abortion is banned in 13 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute. States have made efforts to restrict the availability of mifepristone, passed laws that ban people’s ability to travel for abortion care, and threatened jail time for physicians that provide abortions. These laws and limits have deeply impacted reproductive healthcare in this country, forcing clinics to close and leaving many communities without access to basic medical care.

Luckily, some states and communities have stepped up and protected abortion access. In the year since the Dobbs decision, at least 15 municipal and six state governments have allocated nearly $208 million to pay for contraception, abortion and support services for people seeking abortions, according to data provided to NPR by the National Institute for Reproductive Health.

We know that Roe and its protections were never enough. The ability to choose when, and if, to have a child is a profound choice with lasting consequences that every person should be able to make for themselves. Studies show that abortion access impacts financial security, earning potential, labor force participation, career opportunities, and educational attainment of those seeking abortions. For example:

With our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women guiding us, YWCA National Capital Area remains committed to equitable reproductive rights and calls on you to show your support for abortion access for all. Here are some ways to make your voice heard: