State of Emergency
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, a Women’s Right to Access Abortion Care is Under Attack
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It has been 40 years since the landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case guaranteed the right to abortion. However, the relief that women experienced following the 1973 decision was short-lived. In 1976, the Hyde amendment was passed, systematically excluding low-income women, including many women of color, from federally funded coverage of abortion care. The denial of Medicaid-funded abortions was the first of many restrictions that would be enacted – essentially stripping away a women’s ability to make personal decisions about her body.
Since 1976, the battle for control of women’s bodies has not relented. Insidious restrictions, many of which have been enacted at the state level over the past two years, have had a devastating effect on women’s reproductive rights. In 2011, states enacted a record 92 laws restricting abortions in 24 states. In 2012, we saw the second-highest number of restrictions on reproductive rights ever, with 43 new provisions enacted in 19 states.
(Get a deeper understanding of how the rights gained under Roe v. Wade are being compromised - Infographic)
The resurgence of legislation that makes accessing an abortion extremely onerous must be stopped. While attacks on reproductive rights are waged mostly state by state, philanthropic support has been disproportionately awarded to national efforts. Sensitive to this disconnect, the Ms. Foundation for Women focuses 80% of our support at the state and local levels.
Help us resolve to provide access to comprehensive reproductive health care for all women. Please give generously today and support grassroots organizations working to increase access to reproductive rights in low-income communities and communities of color. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar – doubled in impact – to bolster our grassroots grantee partners and the millions of women they serve.
This is a fight we can’t afford to lose.
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Please give generously today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar – doubled in impact – to support grassroots organizations working to increase access to reproductive rights in low-income communities and communities of color.