UMW/GBCS Joint Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, the United Methodist Women (UMW) and the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) issued a joint statement on reproductive justice that emphasizes "clearly much more needs to be done."


The landmark Roe v. Wade decision of Jan. 22, 1973, was in favor of abortion rights. The constitutional right is coming under increased scrutiny, however, as state legislatures try to limit abortion-related services through increased regulations, setting restrictive counseling requirements or invasive ultrasound tests. Challenges to those laws have been filed in state and federal courts, and may eventually bring the issue before the Supreme Court again.


The joint statement, signed by Julie Taylor, UMW Office of Children, Youth & Family Advocacy, and Amee Paparella, GBCS director and organizer for Women's Advocacy, emphasizes that many obstacles to reproductive justice continue to exist, both nationally and internationally. 

Read the text of the full statement here.