REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS RESOURCES PAGE
Joint Statement Regarding Dobbs
by Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, California Women Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Marin County Women Lawyers, Mexican American Bar Association, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Queen’s Bench Bar, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
WLALA proudly stands in solidarity with its sister bars and other legal organizations in its heightened commitment to work together to protect the reproductive rights of all.
“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.” – Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer
Abortion care, like all reproductive healthcare, should be legal, safe, and accessible. We cannot know the circumstances each person faces in making medical decisions relating to their pregnancy, but we do know that such decisions are often deeply personal and complex.
The Dobbs decision, in overruling Roe v. Wade and fifty years of legal precedent, will severely curtail or eliminate in many parts of the United States a person’s freedom to make informed medical decisions about their pregnancy.
We do not accept this result for our society.
Instead, we envision a society in which personal liberties are protected from unwarranted government interference and we collectively respect each individual’s decision regarding parenthood—regardless of whether the decision results in giving birth, adoption, abortion, or choosing to not have children.
In solidarity with our sister bar organizations, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and personal liberties for everyone.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392, 597 U.S. — (Jun. 24, 2022): Holding that abortion is not a protected right under the U.S. Constitution and upholding a Mississippi law banning most abortion operations after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Map of Abortion Laws by State:
Interactive Map: Look up individual states’ laws regarding abortion using the Center for Reproductive Rights’ no-longer-hypothetical “What if Roe Fell” resource.
Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG):
Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of human rights and equal justice under the law at all levels of government — national, state, and local. L4GG is going to need hundreds of volunteer attorneys across the country to make our new initiatives work (particularly the Reproductive Health Legal Access Project). Please help spread the word to other lawyers and law students who may not already be part of the L4GG community – just tell them we are taking action to support reproductive rights and ask them to text ROE to 404.382.9644.
Webinar Recording: L4GG Emergency Call—How Lawyers and Law Students Can Fight for Abortion Access and Other Civil and Human Rights
L4GG Reproductive Rights Program Page: A recap of L4GG’s new projects with links to important action items.
L4GG Reproductive Health Legal Access Project: Helping patients access medical care after Dobbs by providing guidance to reproductive health care providers.
- Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Celebrates CA Senate Passage of AB 1666, by Brandon Richards, Planned Parenthood
- *Mad About Roe? Here’s What to Do Now., by Robin Marty, The New York Times
- With Sorrow, We Dissent, by Stephen Rohde, LAProgressive
- *No, Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution, by Michele Goodwin, The New York Times
We’re kicking this series off on July 12 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT – with our first session, Know Your Rights: Digital Privacy and Abortion Access – and we hope you’ll be there. Because with the fall of Roe and the loss of federal protections for abortion, our digital privacy matters more than ever. RSVP today and get ready to join fellow activists to mobilize for our rights and safety in this critical first training.
- Reproductive legal defense fund: https://reprolegaldefensefund.org/
- www.brigidalliance.org (travel/food lodging)
- Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
- www.abortionfinder.org (clinic locator)
- www.exposefakeclinics.com/list-of-states (exposing fake clinics)
CENTER FOR REPORDUCTIVE RIGHTS A global human rights organization of lawyers and advocates who ensure reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights for the dignity, equality, healthy, and well-being of every person. Founded in 1992, the CRR uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights across five continents.
THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S LAW CENTER fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
CALIFORNIA COALITION FOR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM is a statewide coalition of more than 40 organizations working to promote reproductive health, rights, and justice for the diverse women, youth, and communities of California. Our member organizations use policy advocacy, community education, organizing, leadership development, and direct services to affect change.
NATIONAL NETWORK OF ABORTION FUNDS With the call to “Fund Abortion, Build Power!” in mind, we’re building an active grassroots base of people directly affected by barriers to abortion access to inform and implement necessary cultural and political change. Abortion funds are experts in their own communities across widely varying cultural and political geographies, and they hold unique perspectives as frontline responders to people seeking abortion care support.