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President Biden signs Executive Order

7.9.22

Visit this page to learn more about President Biden’s Executive Order that was signed protecting access to reproductive health care services. This Executive Order builds on the actions his Administration has already taken to defend reproductive rights.

Statement on Roe v. Wade

6.24.22

It’s official, the United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion protection.
This means that the decision is now left up to each state, with 13 already having “trigger laws” on the books that make abortion illegal immediately once federal protections are removed.
As we all take unimaginable steps back in time, we will not allow this judgment to stop our resolve to empower women across South Florida and to advocate for the fundamental right to safe health care.
YWCA stands in solidarity with every single person negatively impacted by this decision, especially people of color and marginalized communities who will be disproportionately impacted. All people deserve the freedom of bodily autonomy and the right to make their own health care and family-planning decisions. The right to decide when and how to become a parent is undoubtedly a basic human right.
We are committed to navigating the current state of affairs in the coming days and weeks together. We are a partner with our community and we recognize the importance of education, economic freedom, and health and safety following today’s ruling.
The gravity of this decision and the ripple effect it will have on the lives of millions in this country is profound. We are here, South Florida. We are with you and will be by your side as we carry the weight of this unfathomable ruling.

Resources & Insights

We have created this webpage to serve as an educational resource for our community. We will continue to update this page as this situation unfolds. Florida is not one of the “trigger” states, but given the conservative makeup of our state legislature and the recently passed 15-week abortion ban, we can reasonably expect a full ban in the future.

Need help?

YWCA South Florida is not a health care provider but we do fully support women throughout our community. If you are a person, with questions about an abortion or need help, we recommend visiting these websites to find an abortion provider near you. Abortion Funds can help if you do not have the financial means for the health care services you need.

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or your health care provider.

The gravity of this decision and the ripple effect it will have on the lives of millions in this country is profound. We are here, South Florida. We are with you and will be by your side as we carry the weight of this unfathomable ruling.
Kerry-Ann Royes, President & CEO

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STAY INFORMED

We mourn this decision, but all hope is not lost. Organizations like ours, ACLU, Women’s March, Planned Parenthood and others continue to fight to expand the reproductive freedoms of all people.

View YWCA USA’s response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

VIEW YWCA USA RESPONSE

FULL STATEMENT FROM YWCA USA CEO MARGARET MITCHELL
on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

“In issuing this decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned more than 50 years of legal precedent, including its own, and has chosen to ignore the expertise of medical professionals, the clear will of the public, and the wisdom, dignity, and ability of all people who are able to become pregnant to make their own decisions about their bodies.
We are not shocked to learn that the Court has taken this shameful path, but it is nonetheless a gut-wrenching blow that will do deep, long-term harm to the economic stability, education, mental and physical health–and everything in between–of women and people who can become pregnant. This decision is particularly harmful to women and people of color, who are already marginalized in our healthcare systems and other institutions thanks to long legacies of structural sexism and racism. In states that have already passed so-called ‘trigger laws’ and other policies to ban or restrict abortion, we know that this decision will have an immediate and disproportionate impact on low-income women who already faced serious barriers to care and who are less likely to be able to take time off of work or travel across states or to other nations to legally access abortion care.
As the nation’s largest network of domestic abuse and sexual assault service providers, YWCA is deeply concerned about the implications of this decision in the context of well-documented links between access to abortion and intimate partner violence. In the United States, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for pregnant and postpartum women–and here again, it is women of color who will bear the burden of this Supreme Court decision: Women of color are more likely to suffer from intimate partner violence than their white counterparts, and Black women in particular face a maternal health crisis that leaves them at four times greater risk of dying due to a pregnancy-related death. Moreover, unintended pregnancies that result from pregnancy coercion and contraception sabotage by intimate partners are very real dangers in the context of domestic violence. While not all victims of abuse seek abortion care, the ability to have an abortion – or not – can have dire impacts.
We, and our communities, deserve better. We deserve leaders who trust pregnant persons to know what is right for their own bodies and lives. We deserve to live free from the threat of being criminalized for making decisions about our health, lives, and families. Bodily autonomy and the right to have an abortion are fundamental rights, despite what this Court has ruled. YWCA USA applauds the District of Columbia and the sixteen states that have already passed laws to protect abortion in their jurisdictions and we vow to continue fighting back via any and all legislative paths.”