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Institute for Women’s Leadership statement: Roe v. Wade

After almost fifty years, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade eliminates the constitutional right to an abortion. As an institute that strives to increase awareness of the critical importance of women’s rights and progress to equality, we are processing many emotions in the wake of this shattering news.

In New Jersey, Governor Murphy has affirmed that “women will always have full autonomy over their own bodies and the right to make their own medical decisions.” However, the social and economic impact of this ruling affects millions across the nation.

Many people seeking reproductive health care will now face medical, legal, and logistical obstacles as access to abortion services will become virtually nonexistent in numerous states. For up-to-date information on each state, we recommend Lay of the Land: Abortion Policies and Access in the United States.

We resolve to take action and continue our work to advance women’s rights. We will educate, connect, and engage in meaningful dialogue for a more just and sustainable world.

We affirm this insight from our alumna Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana: “We must remember that significant progress often comes slowly and with great effort, and that no victory ever stays won. Therefore, we must be patient but steadfast and even relentless.”