FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 21, 2022
Contact: Jonah Bryson, NAACP
In a unanimous decision, the NAACP's National Board of Directors passed a resolution reaffirming the organization's support for a woman's right to body autonomy
(Washington DC) – The NAACP today announced the emergency passage of Resolution No. 73, a newly drafted resolution that reaffirms the organization's commitment to reproductive justice.
A resolution submitted to the NAACP Resolutions Committee is a formal request of the NAACP's Annual Convention to change or amend the programs or policies of the NAACP or to establish new policies. Normally, Resolutions are adopted by the delegates at the NAACP National Convention in July, and submitted to the National Board of Directors for ratification at their October Board meeting.
In light of the recent developments in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, the organization recognized the urgency of an issue that stands to disproportionately impact Black women, especially in lower income communities.
"As the nation's preeminent civil rights organization, it is critical that we stand up for Black Americans in every issue area," said Patrice Willoughby, Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NAACP. "Today marks a critical moment in the NAACP's history as we have once again taken a strong stance against injustice. We will not stand by idly while we witness an unprecedented assault on our civil rights. Black women - we are here for you, we see you, and we will continue to support you."
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Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.