Jun 24, 2022

The Decision Ends 50 Years Of Federal Abortion Rights, With 26 States Certain or Likely to Ban Abortion

New York, NY (June 24, 2022) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday, June 24.


“The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade is a blatant attempt to bring us back to the dark ages. It will disproportionately impact Black women and poor women. This must be resisted aggressively. States must enact laws to protect women.”

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) removed liberty, freedom, privacy, and a woman’s right to choose and make decisions for their body. The right of a woman to control and make decisions about their bodies is essential to their freedom and rights. Let’s be clear; this will have an even more devastating impact on Black women. The United States has the second-highest maternal death rate, yet black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women. 56% of black people in America live in the south, and many new laws rolling back abortion rights are in southern states, ready to enact trigger laws. States include but are not limited to Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. This will not reduce the number of abortions; this will only reduce the number of safe abortions.

It is a top priority for some to take away the rights of others. We double down on this fight, championing equity and civil rights, and engage and mobilize advocacy for families in our community. We ask the Administration and Congress to use all the options at their disposal to protect women and their right to privacy.


About National Action Network (NAN) 

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.  For more information go to