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REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. 

  • Can We Talk About Roe v. Wade?

    On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, NAWL partnered with the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and Women Lawyers On Guard for a discussion on successful tools used in reaching an organizational consensus regarding reproductive rights advocacy. Watch the webinar recording below!

  • Support the NAWL Resolution Supporting Reproductive Justice!

    Join the National Association of Women Lawyers in advocating for and advancing reproductive justice in the U.S. and around the world and actively support, promote, and advocate for reproductive justice under the law. Support NAWL's Resolution here.
  • NAWL Resolution Supporting Reproductive Justice

    On Monday, September 13th the NAWL Board passed a resolution stating that NAWL commits its collective voice and the power of law to advance reproductive justice in the U.S. and around the world and to actively support, promote, and advocate for reproductive justice under the law. Read the full resolution here.

  • NAWL Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

    June 24, 2022: The National Association of Women Lawyers believes that without reproductive freedom, women cannot be equal under the law. NAWL is extremely disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to repudiate 50 years of constitutional rights in its decision to overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision. The freedom to choose if and when to start or add to one’s family, or to stay or leave the workforce to care for children, is of paramount importance to lawyers - and indeed, anyone who may become pregnant. This decision will have a disproportionate impact on those who are struggling economically, and on parents of color, who are more likely to experience structural challenges to fully exercising their autonomy in this space. It does not reflect the view of a majority of voters. NAWL will not relent in our advocacy, and we will support individuals’ right to seek abortions and fight for all individuals to get the care they need. “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.” - Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan, dissenting.
  • NAWL Statement on Roe v. Wade Anniversary 

    January 22, 2022: Today marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It also marks the first Roe anniversary without Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued this landmark decision at just 26 years old. Weddington passed away 50 years later on December 26, 2021. The outlook for Roe and the future of reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the United States is dire. In December, the United States Supreme Court signaled its willingness to disregard nearly 50 years of precedent and upend the legal system as we know it during the oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. While the exact outcome of Dobbs is uncertain, it is clear that the future of abortion access for millions of pregnant people is in jeopardy. NAWL reiterates its call to Congress to safeguard the rights of women and all people who may become pregnant against Texas’s SB8, Mississippi’s HB1510, and other similar assaults on our right to obtain an abortion. The House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) (H.R.3755, S. 1975) last year, but the Senate has yet to take action. We urge our members to demand that their Senators support the WHPA to create a statutory right to provide and patients to receive abortion care services. On this anniversary, we pledge to honor the legacy of Sarah Weddington through relentless advocacy for reproductive justice and equity under the law. Abortion must be safe and legal. We can never again return to the shadows.
  • NAWL Statement on Texas S.B. 8 Law

    The National Association of Women Lawyers aims to provide a collective voice to advance women in the legal profession and to advocate for the equality of women under the law. NAWL stands against this most recent attack on abortion by the Texas government.  Read the full statement here.
  • NAWL Stands with Department of Justice Suit Against the State of Texas

    In response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas S.B. 8, the Department of Justice, under Attorney General Merrick Garland, has sued the state of Texas and sought an emergency court order to block the law over its clear defiance of the Constitution. NAWL stands with the Department of Justice’s challenge to Texas S.B. 8 Law as it is patently unconstitutional. Read the full announcement here.
  • NAWL Supports the Women’s Health Protection Act

  • January 21, 2022: NAWL calls upon the Senate to support the Women’s Health Protection Act to safeguard the rights of all people who may become pregnant, provide protection against the recent state-level restrictions on access to reproductive health care, and enshrine into law reproductive health care for all. Contact your Senators to urge them to support the WHPA here.

  • In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) (H.R.3755, S. 1975) will be brought up for a floor vote the week of September 20. The WHPA would protect against state laws like Texas’s SB8 by creating a statutory right for providers to provide and patients to receive abortion care services. NAWL calls upon Congress and President Biden to act with all deliberate speed to safeguard the rights of all people who may become pregnant, against the Texas law and other similar assaults on reproductive rights, and to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all pregnant people across America. Contact your members of Congress to urge them to support the WHPA here.

  • NAWL Co-Leads on Amicus Brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Supreme Court Case

    On September 20, 2021, more than 30 organizations of women lawyers and future legal professionals, led by three notable U.S. organizations of women lawyers, submitted an amicus brief in support of respondents in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which could overturn Roe v. Wade and the almost 50 years of constitutional jurisprudence guaranteeing reproductive freedom to women. Read the brief here. 

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NAWL is also pleased to offer several educational resources about the ERA

The Equal Rights Amendment: Legal Issues and Implications Webinar (December 2019)