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Press Statement April 13, 2023

NAACP Speaks Out Against Florida Six-Week Abortion Ban

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April 13, 2023

Contact: Jonah Bryson,

WASHINGTON — Today, the Florida Legislature passed a far-reaching ban on most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Janette McCarthy Wallace, General Counsel for the NAACP released this statement underlining the disproportionate impact the law will have on the Black community, reaffirming the Association's commitment to protecting bodily autonomy:

"It is unconscionable that during Black Maternal Health Week, the Florida Legislature has chosen to undermine, instead of support Black mothers and their families. It's a blatant violation of Floridians' right to privacy, and a threat to every person's fundamental human rights. As warriors in the continued battle for civil rights, we are well aware that an attack on any of our freedoms is an attack on all of them. 

We know that Black people - especially Black women - already face substantial barriers to accessing the quality healthcare they deserve. The Florida Legislature has chosen to further restrict that access while simultaneously denying the expansion of crucial family planning and support services. One thing is entirely clear - Florida legislators are holding Black maternal health and basic human rights hostage for the sake of an extreme political agenda. The NAACP vehemently condemns these actions, and will continue to stand with the advocates who have worked tirelessly to protect the fundamental right to choose while taking every opportunity to speak out against any attempt to police Black women's bodies."



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.