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Jun 24, 2022



Washington, D.C. June 24th, 2022 -- Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) issued the following statement in response to the U. S. Supreme Court voting to overturn Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s U. S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is the culmination of a decades-long attack and campaign against women’s rights led by conservative extremists. Since Texas’ near-total abortion ban (SB8) in 2021, conservative state legislatures and governors have doubled down in their quest to deny women their fundamental right to safe and legal abortions. In 2022 alone, almost 550 abortion restrictions have been introduced across more than 40 states. Make no mistake, this is not just an attack on women’s autonomy: this is class warfare, sexism and systemic racism at work. Who pays the price when abortions are outlawed? Poor women, women of color, women & girls who have been raped or molested and the millions of women who already have limited access to high quality healthcare. 

It is no accident that the states pushing cruel and oppressive anti-abortion legislation are the same states approving laws that brazenly disenfranchise and suppress the vote of the working poor and communities of color. This Supreme Court decision will only enable these states to further destabilize the pillars of our democracy while impeding our basic civil rights. 

Nearly 40% of all abortions in America since Roe vs. Wade have been by Black Americans. This country has declared war on Black women — and it’s time that we fight back. We are demanding, once again, that the Senate abolish the filibuster and Congress immediately codify access to abortion into law. The 2022 Mid-Term Election Cycle is here and women will not forget who stood up to support women having control of our own bodies.”


The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment and power building arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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