A Future Beyond Roe
Reproductive justice organizations with strong community ties are on the frontlines of current political battles over legal access to abortion care.
As we conclude this report, we leave you with three perspectives, from three different parts of the United States, on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2022 and beyond.
If the last two years have taught us anything, it is that we must rely on our collective strengths to overcome our struggles. Only together can we effectively make the changes our communities deserve.Bold Futures New Mexico
Bold Futures New Mexico
Bold Futures New Mexico focused on the harmful realities the Hyde Amendment poses for Indigenous people in New Mexico and began to invest more deeply in collaborations that reflect their reproductive justice values. For the first time ever, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a federal spending bill without Hyde in 2021, a historic moment in the movement for abortion access.
“We lean into the collective power we have built alongside our communities and partners. We have thoughtfully engaged with queer communities around the intersection between Roe v. Wade and LGBTQIA+ rights and we are collaborating with others to support an Indian Family Protection Act during the 2022 legislative session.” Bold Futures has developed new partnerships with organizations like the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANM).”
“These collaborations, in addition to our continuing work, are critical to our sustainability as a small organization led by and for women and people of color. If the last two years have taught us anything, it is that we must rely on our collective strengths to overcome our struggles. Only together can we effectively make the changes our communities deserve.”
CHOICES will engage supporters and movement partners in order to fund our work and to ensure patients' access to care in spite of all probable legal barriers.CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health in Tennessee established a midwifery fellowship for Black midwives to increase their skills and expertise in full-spectrum reproductive and sexual health care.
Looking ahead, CHOICES tell us that “the biggest threat to our work in 2022 will be the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health SCOTUS decision. The Supreme Court is not expected to protect Roe, and Tennessee will most likely lose access to abortion this year.”
Given that abortion services comprise the majority of CHOICES’ patient care and service revenue, the organization will need to pivot in order to continue serving patients and remaining operational and financially stable.
“CHOICES has a plan to not only protect abortion access for patients in the South but to expand access in areas where services are currently limited. The opportunity to continue to serve patients with all essential reproductive and sexual health services, including abortion care, remains paramount. CHOICES will engage supporters and movement partners in order to fund our work and to ensure patients’ access to care in spite of all probable legal barriers.”
The stigma around abortion in APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) communities is still heavily ingrained in our cultural upbringings. We hope to address these cultural dynamics and work to shift perspectives on reproductive justice by empowering our youth and young people.Asian American Organizing Project
Asian American Organizing Project, MN
In 2021, the Asian American Organizing Project emphasized expanding knowledge and access to culturally relevant sexual health and wellness, which helped them build momentum and expand their base. 2022 will see their first time canvassing for reproductive Justice. Based in Minnesota, AAOP is a community grassroots organization committed to empowering Asian participation in democracy.
“The stigma around abortion in APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) communities is still heavily ingrained in our cultural upbringings. We hope to address these cultural dynamics and work to shift perspectives on reproductive justice by empowering our youth and young people.”