On the heels of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that rolls back access to safe and legal abortions, we stand in solidarity with nonprofits, movements, and funders who fight for gender equality and reproductive justice. We are committed to using our platform to lift up their voices and following their lead on this issue.
This ruling disproportionately impacts people who have been kept furthest from resources and power—notably women, nonbinary, and trans people who are people of color, undocumented, and experiencing poverty. Studies (such as this one) show that legal abortions are linked to outcomes including reduced maternal mortality among Black women; higher levels of education, workforce participation and earnings for all women but especially for Black women; and lower rates of living in poverty and receiving public assistance for children.
The ruling also opens the possibility to roll-back other rights and protections that have been in place for decades, such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, access to contraception, and more. This threatens our vision of a world where all people have what they need to fully live into their potential.
Nonprofits and funders play a vital role in a vibrant civil society through mobilizing communities, advocating for policies, and changing narratives on social issues. This moment calls for bold action and long-term commitment from funders and nonprofits.
The reproductive justice movement was founded by Black women and centers those who experience the greatest reproductive health disparities. We encourage nonprofits and funders to follow their lead and the lead of others who have been kept farthest from resources and power and have been at the forefront of pushing for justice.
If you are wondering how you can leverage your power and voice in this moment, here are some resources that can help:
- Emerging LGBTQ Leaders of Color Fund’s #BeyondChoice Toolkit
- NCRP’s Roadmap to Supporting Health Equity Through Abortion Access
- Bolder Advocacy resources from Alliance for Justice
- Frameworks Institute resources on narrative change
- We Testify’s Abortion Storytelling Resources
- National Network of Abortion Funds