LET'S WORK TOGETHER
WLALA Reproductive Rights Resources
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. CLICK HERE to read.
On June 24, the Supreme Court issued a dangerous ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in an unprecedented attack on reproductive freedom. But this fight isn’t just taking place at the Supreme Court. The ACLU is prepared for this moment, and will continue fighting in courts and legislatures, in the streets, and at the ballot box — but we need you with us.
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.