Reproductive Rights Statement

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NASW-MO remains resolute in our commitment to protect reproductive rights and freedoms. NASW-MO affirms all individuals have a right to bodily autonomy, that abortion is health care, and that all individuals have the right to freedom of choice in accessing essential health care services most especially their reproductive health. 

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, revoked Roe v. Wade, and Missouri suspended access to abortion, with very limited exceptions, on that same day.

NASW-MO Executive Director, Cassie E. Brown, states, “NASW Missouri stands with those in our state whose lives will be harmed by the overturn of Roe v. Wade. This decision deprives people of necessary healthcare and the dignity of choice. We know that this decision will impact our most vulnerable and marginalized the hardest. We stand with social workers who are serving those who will suffer. We stand with those who are scared by, disappointed with, and harmed by this decision. NASW-MO will continue to work to reverse this dangerous decision on abortion access.”

Further, NASW-MO’s Board President, Heather Bradley-Geary, states, “NASW Missouri stands with the health care centers, providers, and those in need of care who have been silenced by this ruling. NASW-MO will not be silent, we will stand and have our voices heard, we do not want lawmakers controlling bodies, lives and personal medical decisions.”

Please access the NASW national page as a resource to keep social workers up to date on reproductive rights issues and give them tools they can use to support reproductive rights.