On June 24, 2022, in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, destroying the constitutional right to abortion and leaving states to decide the legality of abortion. This decision effectively rolls back bodily and sexual autonomy for those who can become pregnant, and this is especially dangerous for survivors of domestic violence.
End Abuse recognizes that survivors of domestic violence often experience reproductive coercion, including birth control sabotage and forced pregnancy. Moreover, many survivors of domestic violence experience increased abuse while pregnant. Now, without the ability to make their own reproductive health decisions, survivors are at greater risk.
“This decision will have grave impacts for those who can become pregnant, and those consequences will have even more dangerous effects for survivors of domestic violence, in particular BIPOC, immigrant, and LGBTQ survivors who are already more marginalized,” said Monique Minkens, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “We stand behind survivors of domestic violence and recognize their critical right to bodily autonomy, including the right to choose an abortion.”
End Abuse is committed to empowering survivors and supporting their right to bodily autonomy. The End Abuse website contains information and resources about the connection between domestic violence and reproductive justice under the Resources tab on the homepage, at www.endabusewi.org/resources/reproductive-justice
For those looking for access to trusted and safe abortion services, find resources nearest you at www.abortionfinder.org.