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Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Birth of Ms. Foundation for Women, Access to Abortion Severely Deteriorating



Jan. 22, 2013

Statement by Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Anika Rahman:

"Forty years after both the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and the birth of the Ms. Foundation for Women, access to abortion has severely deteriorated, particularly for the most marginalized women.

"Legislators in states across the country have enacted onerous restrictions to reproductive health care, such as waiting periods and public funding bans on abortion. These restrictions disproportionately impact marginalized women, who must make multiple trips to their health centers, increasing lost wages from missed work, child care fees and travel costs.

"Low-income, immigrant, rural and women of color bear the burden of restrictions most harshly. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Ms. Foundation continues to fight to ensure that all women in the U.S. have equal opportunities and access to the reproductive health care to which they are entitled."


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women's rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We're continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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