One year ago, the Supreme Court began stripping women of their bodily autonomy by overturning Roe v. Wade. This decision has profoundly impacted reproductive rights, women’s health and the lives of countless individuals across the nation. As we reflect on this anniversary, it is crucial to acknowledge the challenges faced by women across the country and highlight the resources available to support them during the ongoing fight against this injustice, and continue moving forward in a post-Roe v. Wade world.
The Impact of the Decision
The reversal of Roe v. Wade has resulted in a confusing landscape where access to safe and legal abortion is increasingly restricted and often inconsistent. States now possess greater authority to enact their own abortion laws and regulations, leading to uncertainty and a patchwork of differing policies and regulations that limit reproductive healthcare options.
As a result, women – especially those from low-income and marginalized communities – continue to face disparate outcomes in their health and well-being.
Looking at the numbers, it is clear much work remains to create an America where all women’s reproductive rights are secured:
- 13 states are enforcing a near-total abortion ban.
- 58% of U.S. women of reproductive age live in abortion-rights-hostile states, per Politico and a tally by the Guttmacher Institute.
- 33% estimated increase of pregnancy-related deaths among Black individuals in the wake of total abortion bans.
- Florida is home to 1.4 million Latinas of reproductive age and 828,100 Black women of reproductive age. Many women, particularly women of color, do not have adequate access to reliable and affordable contraception resulting in major health disparities among this group.
Despite these circumstances, change remains within reach. Hope is not lost. We are rallying each day to support our community and our nation in holding those in power accountable. Together, we can right this wrong.
In our over 100-year legacy, YWCA South Florida has held strong at the forefront of our nation’s most pressing social justice issues. We continue this legacy today by offering services, support, education and guidance to help our community find the care they deserve. As we move forward in a post-Roe v. Wade world, these avenues can assist all those in need:
Reproductive Health Organizations
Organizations such as Planned Parenthood continue to champion reproductive rights and provide essential services. They offer comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including contraception, pregnancy care and counseling, and advocacy for policy change.
Community Support Networks
Local organizations like ours are here to serve you, our community. During times of uncertainty, YWCA South Florida stands by all in our community with Family Wellness Services, financial programming and other vital services to ensure your peace of mind and continued success. Other local organiizations like Southern Birth Justice Network and Metro Mommy Agency provide resources and support across South Florida.
Education and Awareness
Promoting comprehensive sex education and awareness about reproductive rights are critical components of advancing the conversation surrounding reproductive healthcare. YWCA South Florida is committed to the ongoing education of our community through sessions, events and more. Subscribe to our Mission Moment Mondays newsletter for updates on our upcoming workshops.
While the overturning of Roe v. Wade has undoubtedly presented significant challenges, it is crucial to remember that the fight for reproductive rights is far from over. Change begins with each of us. Using our voices and votes, we can create a future where reproductive autonomy is protected and respected. Learn more about YWCA South Florida’s Get Out The Vote and explore other Racial Equity and Social Justice initiatives to learn how you can do your part.
Become a Force For Change
Change in our world begins right here at home! At YWCA South Florida, we believe every person holds the potential for greatness. Our team is always here with the tools to help you along the way. Visit our website or contact us to learn more about our programs and how you can help eliminate racism and empower women in our community.
Whether you join show support on social media (these sample posts can help) or join an in-person community event in your area, we invite each of you to join with us in this moment of solidarity, community, and renewed commitment.