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Press Statement January 22, 2023

NAACP Releases Statement on 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

NAACP - Statement Cover with logo - Gold - cropped


January 22, 2023

Contact: Jonah Bryson,


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  50 years after the landmark Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade, NAACP Vice President of Policy and Legislative Affairs Portia Reddick White issued the following statement: 

"On what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the NAACP continues to stand in solidarity with those fighting for bodily autonomy. Any attack on our fundamental human rights is an attack on our democracy. The fall of Roe and subsequent bans enacted across our nation have proven what we already know to be true - without comprehensive protections for our rights, malicious legislators will stop at nothing to strip away the freedoms our ancestors shed blood, sweat, and tears for. The NAACP will not stand idly by and allow our nation to move backward. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that every American is able to exercise the freedoms guaranteed to them in our Constitution." 



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.