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May 03, 2022

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: ABA’s support of the right to reproductive choice

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2022 — The American Bar Association has long supported the right to reproductive choice under existing Supreme Court precedents. The association opposes any law that prevents access to a legal abortion and supports the rights of women to choose to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability or to protect the life or health of the mother.

Over the past 49 years, the right to choose to have an abortion before viability has become embedded in the fabric of our society. It has become a right that affects women in every way — from economics, to health, to career choices and family life. Reversing this right would undermine the stability of the law gained through our adherence to precedents; it would jeopardize the public’s faith in our legal institutions; and it would have a devastating effect on the expectations — and the lives — of millions of women.

The ABA remains committed to protecting the freedom of individual women to make the highly personal and complex decision of whether to have an abortion. Our efforts to advocate and educate on this issue can be found here.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.