• Brittany Edwards

CNMA Newsletter: July 2022

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Message From the President

Rolling back our rights?

My dear fellow midwives, student midwives, and midwifery supporters,

CNMA is grieving with millions of you at the loss of our constitutionally recognized right to abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. But we knew this was coming and are fighting to protect abortion rights in California, both for patients and providers.

CNMA is part of the California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council). The CA FAB Council is comprised of reproductive freedom and sexual and reproductive health care allies, partners, and leaders. Together, the CA FAB Council works in collaboration with policy makers, researchers, advocates, providers, patients, and key constituents to determine potential challenges in the state and recommend solutions that will continue to provide access and stability for both Californians and those who may seek services here from out of state. On December 8, 2021 the CA FAB Council released a blueprint outlining 45 policy recommendations policymakers can implement to better prepare California as the threat to abortion rights and access continues to grow. And now that Roe v Wade has been overturned, the work of the CA FAB Council is more important than ever. We currently have 15 bills making their way through the legislature that will help to secure the rights to abortion, protect against the criminalization of pregnancy, and to expand access to all forms of reproductive healthcare in our state. You can learn more about the legislative, administrative, budget, and research initiatives being led by the CA FAB Council here.

As we know, abortion is health care, and healthcare decisions should be decided by an individual and their provider.

This is not a matter for ideological debate. This is a matter of life and death.

SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. We know that the ability to choose if, when, and how to give birth is linked to a person’s economic success, educational attainment, and general health and well-being. The ACNM Position Statement on Midwives as Abortion Providers further affirms, for midwives and all in the health care space, the fact that individuals have the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families.