YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Joins YWCA USA in Standing for Reproductive Freedom at the Supreme Court

YWCA USA Submits Amicus Brief to Supreme Court On Impact Striking Down Roe v. Wade Would Have on Abortion Access 

Kay Kelley
Executive Director

For more than fifty years, YWCA has supported the freedom to make fundamental decisions in regards to reproductive rights. As an organization centered on the success of all women and dedicated to gender equity, YWCA USA filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which will determine the future of Roe v. Wade. YWCA Berkeley/Oakland stands in unity with YWCA USA in urging the Supreme Court to protect reproductive freedom for young women, women of color, trans people, and gender non-conforming people in communities across America. 

Since 1973, young women have been guaranteed a constitutional right to make deeply personal and sometimes difficult decisions about their futures. Previability abortion bans, like the one in Mississippi, will significantly undermine all of the progress we have made in previous decades. This will disproportionately harm women and oppressed communities across the nation. Stripping away this freedom will greatly endanger the education, health, employment, economic prospects, and quality of life of young women, women of color, trans people, and gender non-conforming people in America. 

For more information on this decision and to find out how you can stand with our communities at the Supreme Court, please visit the YWCA USA website.


YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. 

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.