Dear Utah AWP Community,
We, like many of you, are deeply disturbed at the recent SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. As an organization whose vision is “equitable access to mental health for all”, this decision by SCOTUS is a direct attack on those with uteruses and further increases sexism and misogyny within a state that has been ranked as “the worst state” for women to live in, (Madsen & Madsen, 2021). Furthermore, this decision will disproportionately impact those experiencing other forms of systemic oppression. We recognize the devastating impact that this decision will have on countless individuals and families, including our own members. Utah-AWP exists to support those providing direct mental health support in our community, we know that our members will directly experience the trauma this decision is causing.
Let us be clear, as an organization rooted in feminist-multicultural social justice values we firmly support reproductive freedom and choice. Reproductive freedom leads to increased personal empowerment, self determination, and safety; these are pillars of overall mental health and well-being. We strongly believe that abortion is a medical right, one which should be left to individuals and their doctors to control. This decision is a gross governmental overreach, an abuse of power that will have a multi-generational impact.
Although this decision has derailed the progression of civil rights, we will not sit idly by and will work towards collective efforts to reclaim and further improve these rights for all. Roe v. Wade was the result of grassroots activism, we must return to this collective organizing. Healing from trauma requires community witnessing and healing; this is the framework necessary for collective change. We affirm the power of community, connection and healing and invite the AWP community to unite our collective power in support, healing, and change.
Your Utah-AWP Implementation Collective
P.S. We are hosting a community conversation about this decision on July 1st. To learn more about this “Potluck and Talk” click here.