Right now, the state of Mississippi is working diligently to overturn Roe v. Wade and with it, the reproductive freedom of every person in this country. If successful, this generation would be the nation’s first in almost 50 years to come of age without the constitutional right to previability abortion care. We cannot let the Supreme Court turn back the clock to a time that no young woman in America today has ever known, nor should ever know. Upholding Mississippi’s ban will have devastating consequences for young women, especially young women of color. Armed with the knowledge that the right to determine their reproductive future was protected by Roe, young women have been able to invest in their education, training, vocations, and careers. Abortion bans could push young women out of the workplace and limit their education and careers, with lifelong consequences for themselves and their families. To ensure the experiences and voices of young people are heard by the Supreme Court, YWCA USA is proudly submitting an amicus or “friend of the court” brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that ultimately could overturn Roe v. Wade.
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. We are striving to create a world in which all women—especially women of color—are free from racism and sexism, and can thrive. We refuse to sit on the sidelines during this historic moment.
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