For Immediate Release: June 23, 2023 
Contact: Audrey Sandusky,

NFPRHA Reflects on One Year After the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs

Statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) 

Washington, DC -- “Over the past year, we have watched in horror how the disastrous Supreme Court decision to upend 50 years of the constitutionally protected right to abortion has wreaked havoc on communities across the country. This past year has brought incalculable damage to people’s health, lives, and futures, as the overturning of Roe has created chaos and confusion across health systems nationwide. In the aftermath of this decision, the essential care that clinicians provide is being criminalized. Patients are being left in the dark about what services are available to them, causing confusion and harm, especially to people with no or low incomes, people of color, young people, and those from historically marginalized communities. Even in states where abortion remains legal, reproductive rights are on incredibly thin ice in legislatures and courtrooms, and we must not relent in our efforts to stand firm against these attacks.  

“We urge the administration and Congress to continue to reckon with the damage and harm that people have been subject to because of the Dobbs decision and respond decisively to stop the terrible impact that abortion bans are having on pregnant and birthing people in this country, including supporting the discharge petition to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would federally protect abortion in the face of unnecessary and cruel bans across the US.”  


NFPRHA is a membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators nationwide. NFPRHA advances and elevates the importance of family planning in the nation’s health care system and promotes and supports the work of family planning providers and administrators, especially those in the safety net. For more information, visit

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