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News Items (Special Edition) – June 28, 2022

A woman holds a sign at a reproductive rights protest. Getty Images.

A woman holds a sign at a reproductive rights protest. Getty Images.

Major Mental Health Associations decry U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade
Following is a joint statement from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “We are profoundly disappointed that the nation’s highest court has ruled that there is no longer a constitutional right for individuals to access abortion services, rejecting nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent. This is a very personal decision and will lead to adverse mental health consequences for people seeking to exercise bodily autonomy in making critical decisions related to their own reproductive health.

Samantha Carducci, Marla Edwards Wheeler, and Jennifer Heckendorn are members:
Rage, Fear, and Hope Outside the Supreme Court
The Cut
The social workers — Samantha Carducci, Marla J. Edwards Wheeler, and Jennifer Heckendorn — were also thinking of the people who will face pregnancies conceived in difficult and dangerous situations, like the women they serve regularly. “We’re very angry, because we’re all old enough to know and remember the history of access to abortion and how women fought back in the ’50s to have access to health care,” Carducci said. “We understand that poor women and women that are Black and brown are going to pay the most for this repeal today. And that’s why we’re here.”

[Video] Idahoan in D.C during Supreme Court’s Abortion ruling
Joe Seider, president of Idaho chapter of National Association of Social Workers, was in D.C for a conference. Hearing SCOTUS’s decision, he headed to the courthouse.

Kristie Jo King is a member:
Local leaders: Ruling will be issue in election
Altoona Mirror
Kristie Jo King of St. Benedict was in Washington this week at a conference of the National Association of Social Workers, so when the decision overturning Roe was announced, a group of attendees went to the Supreme Court building to protest. “We’re proud to be here (to show) we’re on the correct side of history,” King said, explaining that her profession tends to be non-judgmental, to “meet people where they’re at” and to support whatever people choose for themselves.

NASW-RI is part of this coalition:
“We are outraged, and we are horrified,” says RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom in response to Roe reversal
Uprise RI
“When we led the fight to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act in 2019 and codify the protections of Roe v. Wade in Rhode Island state law, many argued this day would not come – yet, today, the United States Supreme Court has defied the will of the majority of people in our country by eliminating the federal constitutional right to abortion,” wrote the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom in a release shortly after the decision became official. “We are outraged, and we are horrified. The court has failed us all, taking away the fundamental power to control our bodies and giving it to politicians. Here in Rhode Island, although the right to abortion is protected, our state laws decide who can use their health insurance to cover abortion care – and who might be forced to pay out of pocket or carry a pregnancy to term against their will.

Brittany Peters is a member:
Community responds to Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
The Weekly Challenger
Dr. Brittany Peters, licensed clinical social worker: The overturning of Roe v. Wade and the opinion issued by Justice Alito is disempowering and will have a tremendously negative impact on the country. This decision further exacerbates the conditions that contribute to the development of depression, anxiety, and trauma among women. The decision appears politically motivated. To be clear, this is not about the babies. The death rate across America was the highest it has been in over 100 years during COVID-19. Losing so many Americans has been almost catastrophic to our economy. We’re seeing hard hits in multiple sections of our society. This in addition to the birth rates being low. In considering this, one has to wonder — why now?


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