NLADA Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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Release Date: 
Friday, June 24, 2022

NLADA Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 


WASHINGTON – The National Legal Aid and Defender Association released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: 

The Supreme Court today removed federal protection for one of the most fundamental rights our country has recognized.  This decision indicates a willingness to revisit longstanding fundamental rights that historically protected low-income and minority communities in this country.   

This ruling has immediate and severe consequences for millions of women and birthing people, whom many states will criminalize for making a deeply personal healthcare decision. Low-income people and people of color, who are far less likely to have alternative options to access these services, will experience these consequences disproportionately.  

The decision also is likely to embolden those who would challenge a swath of other rights and liberties essential to our conceptions of freedom and justice, not only in the healthcare space but also in other unquestionably private matters. This is a moment of extreme uncertainty, but we know that your commitment to your work and to the communities you serve will remain unchanged, and NLADA will continue to serve as your partner and supporter as the profound implications of this decision become clear.  

To speak with a representative from NLADA about this statement please contact Rabiah A. Burks, [email protected]. 


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local levels. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.