On June 24th, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In a historic decision, the Court declared that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly a half-century, no longer exists. This leaves abortion rights to be determined by states unless the U.S. Congress acts to legislate federal protection for abortion.
While this is not unexpected because of the leaked draft of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, the news is still an enormous shift that will have lasting repercussions for personal lives, businesses, and health care overall.
13 states have "trigger" laws prohibiting abortion now that Roe has been overturned. As many as 14 additional states had abortion bans that predated Roe v. Wade and are likely to move towards banning abortions. Most experts agree that between 24 and 27 States are likely to have bans or significant restrictions on abortions within the next few months.
This topic is emotional, divisive, controversial, and weighty. To help you prepare how to approach your employees and organizational members, we’ve prepared several resources that you can use as you see fit:
- AP News: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade: States Can Ban Abortions
- AP News: Live updates: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
- ABC News: Where Abortion Stands in Your State
- Advisory Board: The Business Implications of Overturning Roe v. Wade
- SHRM: Guidance on Handling Roe v. Wade Discussions in the Workplace
- HBR: How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work
Immediate Wellbeing Support
- Uprise Health: Emotional First Aid for Employees
- Uprise Health: Grief and Loss Support Guide
- Uprise Health: Mindful Approaches to Cope with Stress
- NAMI: Managing Stress
- CDC: Coping with Stress
- NIMH: I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet
Reproductive Rights Information & More
- Psychiatric Times: Psychiatric and Personal Reflections on Abortion
- NPR: What to Consider About Contraception and Pregnancy After Roe v. Wade
- Center for Reproductive Rights: Roe v. Wade Hub
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