Roe v. Wade Overturned
Recently, you may have heard about the overturning of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which protected the access to legal abortions for all among other things. This decision by the Supreme Court negatively impacts all people, with many of those at risk being women and trans and nonbinary people. This decision disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, low-income communities, communities of color, and queer and transgender communities.
We are here to support you in any way regarding this issue. If you would like to have a space to talk with someone, if you would like to explore your resources, or if you would like to become more educated on this issue, please feel empowered to reach out to us or use the following resources.
We recognize this news comes at the same time as threats to civil rights at the border and Indigenous sovereignty. We encourage everyone to take care of yourselves and/or keep up to date on news that impacts all our communities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything from us. We are here for you.
SWE at UW-Madison
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National SWE's Response
SWE issued a statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which essentially overturned Roe v. Wade. Our intent with this statement was not strong enough given the gravity of the situation. To that end, to further demonstrate SWE’s past and recent actions, SWE is taking an additional direct action on the matter of reproductive rights and issuing a new statement:
As an organization committed to ensuring ALL women, girls, and those underrepresented in STEM can advance professionally in engineering and technology, we must navigate disagreements while supporting SWE’s mission.
There can be no professional advancement without adequate and equitable access to healthcare for all, including all forms of reproductive healthcare. SWE knows that removing access to healthcare (and privacy in healthcare decisions) will disproportionately affect women, especially women of color and individuals with limited finances, in achieving their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. We affirm that access to full reproductive healthcare including abortion is critical to the achievement of gender, racial, and economic equity, and that this is a personal decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade does not support SWE’s mission to advance women in engineering. As a diverse organization, we will have members who do not agree with our position and will respect their individual opinions; however, SWE will take direct action on this matter with the importance of women’s rights and equitable access to healthcare in mind.
Direct Action: SWE will not sign any new contracts to host its conferences in locations where there are limits to reproductive and gender-based healthcare. This will take effect for WE Locals in 2024 and for Annual Conferences in 2027, 2028, 2030 and beyond (all other locations were finalized before current and pending policies at the local and federal level concerning reproductive and gender-based healthcare existed).
SWE has a history of restricting where it would hold its events. One of these was while the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was being ratified in the early 1970s; at that time, SWE refused to hold its conventions in states that would not ratify the ERA. While this form of direct action is rare, we believe the moment in history requires it.
SWE will also continue to use its reach and status to advocate for policies that break down barriers for women in engineering and technology and be inclusive of this framework in our ongoing advocacy efforts.
SWE values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as essential to our mission. We believe in a world where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. With a 70-year legacy, we advocate for a fair and equitable engineering and technology workforce.
Below are some resources for anyone who needs them:
- If you would like to learn more about Roe v Wade, visit https://reproductiverights.org/roe-v-wade/ for more information.
- If you are in need of resources or would like to see what your options are, please see the attached pdf which provides a variety of resources. Additionally, the list below provides resources at the national, regional, and state levels. PlanC Resource List
- National Resources
- Midwest Resources
- Midwest Access Coalition (linktr.ee/midwestaccesscoalition)
- Illinois Clinics
- Family Planning Associates – Phone: 1-312-707-8988
- AWMC – Phone: 847-294-9614 (Des Plaines) or 773-772-7726 (Chicago)
- Minnesota Clinics
- WE Health Center – Phone: 1-218-727-3352
- For those who do not know, abortion has been blocked in Wisconsin due to this ruling. However, there are still reproductive health resources available. For resources specific to Wisconsin, please see below:
- WMF Wisconsin: wmfwisconsin.org
- Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-wisconsin
- POWERS: Pregnancy Options Wisconsin – Phone: (608) 514-1714 – pregnancyoptionswi.org
- Finally, for one powerful perspective on the issue, read this article: We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe v. Wade. We’re Going Somewhere Worse | The New Yorker
- Contact your legislators!
- Planned Parenthood: https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org
- Change.org: https://www.change.org/p/defend-roe-pass-legislation-to-protect-abortion-access
- Donate to organizations supporting this cause
- Find your local abortion fund with Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project: https://wrrap.org/assistance-services/find-abortion-funds/https://abortionfunds.org/funds/
- For the duration of the summer, UW-Madison SWE will be donating 100% of money raised through merchandise sales to the Women’s Medical Fund (WMF).
- Visit our site: https://society-of-women-engineers-uw-madison.square.site/
- Check out the Women’s Medical Fund: https://wiabortionfund.org/
- Planned Parenthood: https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/onlineactions
- National Black Women’s Reproductive Agenda: https://blackrj.networkforgood.com/
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice: https://act.latinainstitute.org/a/donate?ms=website
- Center for Reproductive Rights: https://CenterforReproductiveRights.com