The SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June is at the top of everyone’s minds. This landmark case will change the landscape of abortion access, essentially leaving the legality of abortion to individual states. There are already 26 states ready to completely ban or heavily restrict abortion if this happens. Not only will abortion be illegal in those states, but more importantly is that folks will be criminalized. We know that for many historically marginalized and vulnerable communities, Roe’s protection has already been obsolete, and this upcoming decision will have grave, detrimental impacts on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQ+, and young people.
These changes in the landscape of abortion access are making it harder than ever for health care and social service providers to provide compassionate care and information about abortion services in their communities. Providers are feeling siloed in their work and deeply in need of accurate information, support, and connections with each other. They’re dealing with increased demands for information on financial support and options for self-managed abortion. The increased stigma around abortion is having a profound impact on providers and pregnant people.
While all these restrictions are saddening, disappointing, and frustrating, there is a beacon of hope. Provide has been preparing for this moment, and no matter what the courts decide, our work will not stop.
We are still here to train, organize, and support providers in fighting abortion stigma. We will harness the realities of our current landscape and will shift and adapt to ignite change. Our work is important and necessary, and we have a commitment to keep doing it. We remain strategically focused on building robust partnerships to serve the communities and systems who need us now more than ever. We will always be here to answer the call.
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Executive Director, Provide