This past Friday, June 24th, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. We know that this decision may be causing a whole range of feelings, and want to express that all of those feelings are valid. We recognize that the history of reproductive health care in the U.S. is complicated and rife with examples of disenfranchisement. Decisions regarding reproductive health care access have historically – and now with the overturning of Roe v. Wade – continue to harm members of our community that experience marginalization due to their racial, gender, sexual, and/or socio-economic identities. In addition, any confusion or restriction in healthcare access has the potential to exacerbate and deepen the harm experienced by members of our community who have experienced sexual violence.
Recovering from sexual violence and access to reproductive care are both fundamentally about bodily autonomy, empowerment and choice, and trauma-informed care. We can’t address and end sexual violence unless survivors and all people are able to freely decide what happens to their bodies.
Recognizing this, it is understandable if many individuals may have questions about how this issue is evolving and how to access healthcare going forward. Please see the message that Vice President for Student Life, Martino Harmon, sent out yesterday for more information about resources and next steps. Michigan Medicine has organized a Task Force, which includes representation from SAPAC, that is addressing the issue across the institution and working to compile answers to the many questions of our community. They will share this information once available.
Here at SAPAC we are working on coordinating a listening circle for students to share their thoughts and feelings and be in community with one another. Stay tuned for more information and details.
Our team remains deeply committed to supporting survivors of all identities and strongly believes that survivors are the experts of their experiences and have the sole authority in determining what type of supports and services they need. SAPAC Advocates are available to meet with U-M community members to answer questions, provide support in exploring needs, and connect individuals to the most helpful resources. If you would like to schedule a meeting with an advocate please contact email@example.com or call our 24-hour support line at (734) 936-3333.
UHS - The UHS Gynecology and Sexual Health Clinic provides comprehensive care for patients of any gender seeking gynecologic, contraceptive care, STI treatment, or post-sexual assault services. To schedule an appointment, call (734) 764-8320 or visit. In addition, emergency contraception (Plan B) remains available at the UHS Pharmacy without a prescription.
Planned Parenthood- Planned Parenthood is a national provider of a diverse range of reproductive health care services while also providing robust sexual education opportunities. Additionally Planned Parenthood seeks to make healthcare as affordable and accessible as possible. To learn more about local providers here.
If you have any questions, concerns, or just feel that you would benefit from some additional support please do not hesitate to reach out to SAPAC. We are available to all U-M students, faculty, and staff.
- The SAPAC Team