Ms. Foundation calls for equal access to reproductive health care on Roe v. Wade anniversary

NEW YORK — Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger issued the following statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion:

“More than four decades after winning the right to legal abortion, women continue to face obstacles to accessing safe and affordable reproductive health care. States across the country have continuously made dramatic cuts in funding for women’s health centers. In addition, an ever increasing number of legislatures are enacting restrictions forcing women’s health centers to limit service or close their doors completely. In 2015, legislators across the country succeeded in passing 47 new anti-abortion laws.

“The lack of access caused by these restrictions disproportionately impacts low-wage women, migrant women and in particular women of color. This month, Ms. Foundation grantee the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to contest restrictions on abortion access in Texas. Organizations like NLIRH know first-hand the barriers low-income and migrant women face. In areas like the Rio Grande Valley, funding cuts and anti-abortion legislation have forced clinics to close, leaving women without necessary health services and forcing many to travel hundreds of miles to receive care.

“As we commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe, we must also recognize that the fight for equal access to reproductive health care is far from over. The Ms. Foundation stands with our courageous grantees and partners in calling for a repeal of abortion bans at the federal, state and local levels.”

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For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.