For Immediate Release: May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON D.C. — Last night, a draft majority opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the public. In a year when abortion rights have been under unprecedented attack, the Supreme Court’s draft majority opinion would undermine a protection that has afforded millions of Americans freedom and security with legal access to abortions. As the opinion is currently drafted, abortion access would vanish in at least 26 states, leaving almost 40 million women without crucial reproductive care. 

NAPAWF Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, issued the following statement:

“This opinion speaks to the unprecedented and alarming nature of the assault on our reproductive rights. Banning access to abortion care further jeopardizes the well-being and financial stability for millions of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and families. 

Roe cannot and must not fall. The path to proper abortion care is already arduous for AAPI communities – filled with language barriers, cultural stigmas, and low rates of insurance for our most vulnerable members.

Although opportunities to defend abortion rights in court are shrinking, we can still protect abortion access state by state. At NAPAWF, we are committed to grassroots organizing, building electoral power and supporting those who provide and access abortions.” 

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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.