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Jan 22, 2023

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women’s Roundtable Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Reaffirms Dedication to Protecting Women's Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2023 - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman's constitutional right to make decisions about her own body and reproductive health. As we reflect on this historic moment, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) reaffirms our commitment to protecting and advancing women's reproductive rights in the face of ongoing attacks on our rights and freedoms.

As an organization and women’s empowerment network dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights and civic engagement of Black communities, we understand the deep connections between the fight for voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights and the fight for reproductive freedom, economic & gender justice. For decades, Black women have been at the forefront of these struggles, facing unique and often intersectional barriers to accessing quality & affordable healthcare, economic security, voting rights and other rights and freedoms. As we commemorate Roe v. Wade, that was unjustly struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court in 2022–we are using this moment to strengthen our organization’s work in the fight for women’s reproductive rights and freedoms to be protected on a federal and state level.

"As we mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we join in solidarity with our Black Women Leaders & Allies Coalition of over 60 national and state-based organizations to stand strong against the assault on women’s reproductive rights and freedoms that are being attacked in many states across the country," said Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP President & CEO and Convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable.

"We further affirm and commit to elevating the fight for reproductive rights to be restored on a federal level, as well as fight back against states that are passing egregious bans against safe abortions and reproductive health access in 2023 and beyond. We will also continue to use the power of our vote to organize ‘Power of the Ballot’ campaigns to elect candidates who are committed 
to protecting our rights and freedoms. For we know that the fight for reproductive freedom is inextricably linked to the fight for voting rights and civil rights. 
“We cannot achieve true equality and justice until all people, regardless of race or gender, have the autonomy to make decisions about their own bodies and lives. We will continue to fight for the rights and dignity of all people, and we will not rest until every person can make their own decisions about their own bodies and their own lives."

In the aftermath of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned the federal protections for a woman’s right to choose, The NCBCP and Black Women’s Roundtable is committed to its fight for reproductive justice and supporting the efforts of organizations on the front lines of this struggle. We stand in solidarity with all those working to ensure that every person has the right to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from politicians and will continue advocating for federal legislation such as the Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure those rights are codified into law.


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 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. Black Youth Vote is the youth-led civic leadership, training and organizing arm of the NCBCP. For more information on the NCBCP’s Unity 2020 National Campaign go to

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