Reproductive Rights

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade wiped out a fundamental constitutional protection for all American women – the right for body autonomy that has been in existence for almost 30 years.

The UFCW Women’s Network has always advocated for women’s rights, whether it be in the workplace or their communities – and we have an obligation to our members who are over 50% women, the majority who are women of color, to provide access to health care regardless of which state they live.

It is essential that working people are provided quality health care coverage that is accessible and affordable, and that eliminates inequalities and barriers to access that have affected our members for decades.

Healthcare is a human right regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, geography, income, ability, sexual orientation, immigration status and/or gender identity. When one in four women has had an abortion, we need to do all we can to protect the health of our members and ensure they have the care they need.

The UFCW Women’s Network will continue fighting for the rights for our members and refuse to turn back the clock.

The State of Reproductive Rights in the US Today

Reproductive rights are now in the hands of each state. Half of U.S. states are expected to ban abortion in the days and weeks following the Court’s decision.

View a map of where US states fall on reproductive rights from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

California

After the Supreme Court decision, the California Legislature passed a constitutional amendment (Proposition 1 on the November General Election ballot) that would establish the right to abortion and contraception in the state constitution.

9.13.2022: Launched abortion.ca.gov – providing people both inside and outside of California with information about abortions, their legal rights, where to find providers, how to pay for services and financial assistance, ways to locate wellness and emotional support, and more.

Idaho

8.2.2022: US sues Idaho over abortion law, cites medical treatment

Indiana

8.5.2022: Indiana becomes 1st state to approve abortion ban post Roe

Kansas

8.2.2022: Voters in Kansas decide to keep abortion legal in the state, rejecting an amendment

Michigan

8.19.2022: Michigan’s abortion ban is blocked for now

North Carolina

8.19.2022: U.S. judge reinstates North Carolina ban on late-term abortions

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