On September 20th, YWCA USA submitted an Amicus (“Friend of the Court”) Brief in the Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a decision which poses a direct threat to the future of Roe v. Wade. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a pending Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 2018 law banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts have ruled against enforcement of this law as it violates women’s rights established in Roe v. Wade.

YWCA Southern Arizona joins YWCA USA, along with Girls, Inc., Supermajority Education Fund, and United State of Women, in standing for reproductive freedom for women, particularly women of color. We recognize that reproductive justice is a racial justice issue, and that it is women/people of color who will be most impacted by pre-viability abortion bans like the one in Mississippi.

For more than fifty years, YWCA has supported a woman’s freedom to make decisions about whether and when to have children. We refuse to sit on the sidelines while this fundamental right is at stake.

We stand in solidarity with YWCA USA and our sister associations in defending a woman’s right to safe and accessible abortions so that young women/people and young women/people of color can exercise bodily autonomy, plan their futures free from violence and discrimination, and access opportunities in work and in life.

To find out more about this decision and how you can help, visit YWCA USA’s website.