Access to medically safe abortion has been a fabric of society in the United States for fifty years. And in one day that changed in many parts of our country. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has invoked passionate and complex feelings in Americans ranging from sadness and fear to relief and satisfaction. And these complicated feelings are playing themselves out in our relationships, our families, and our communities, often further dividing an already polarized society. Therapists are navigating these feelings both personally and with their clients as a vital support system.
Abortion is a highly complicated issue, with complex facets, for which many Americans agree there is no easy answer. However, there is no doubt that the ramifications of this legal change will most heavily impact low-income as well as marginalized segments of our population in a disproportionate way. Once again, these people most harshly bear the burden of barriers for access to care in this country.
As an organization that believes in the vitality of relationships, the strength of grassroots advocacy, and the power of fair representation we encourage you to take this time to share your thoughts with your elected representatives to ensure your voice is heard. During this time, AAMFT is committed to supporting our member therapists as they navigate the legal and ethical challenges, as well as the necessary training to support their clients, as a result of this ruling and any subsequent legislation or decisions.