posted on 05/11/2022

The Potential Consequences of Overturning Roe V. Wade

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism

And How to Act Now to Protect Reproductive Rights

It’s May 2022, almost 50 years after the landmark Roe v Wade decision went into effect. This landmark decision was made to protect a person’s right to an abortion without government restriction or interference.

And now that right to choose is under threat. This summer, the United States Supreme Court is set to make a new decision on whether to overturn Roe v Wade. If the decision is overturned, millions of women, trans men, and non-binary persons in more than half of the US states will lose the right to an abortion or have that access majorly rolled back. The change will have ripple effects for reproductive rights across the globe. 

Here at Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism we protect, strengthen, and sustain women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments. We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. And right now, we’re paying attention.

If Roe v Wade is overturned, 26 states have laws indicating that they intend to ban abortion and 13 more states have trigger bans, meaning that abortion will immediately be illegal if Roe is no longer in effect. 

Beyond the threat to abortion rights, the overturning of Roe v Wade has serious implications and potential consequences for other feminist causes, including birth control, gay marriage, transgender rights, and the safety and security of LGBTQ and feminist activists. These are rights that we aim to protect through our rapid response grantmaking at Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism, in the US and worldwide. This pending decision has the potential to make our work more urgent and necessary than ever before.

Today, Roe v Wade has yet to be overturned, meaning that there is still time to act.

At Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism, we fund and support many reproductive justice organizations, the organizations that help abortion seekers in times of need, raise awareness around legal policies, and mobilize women, trans men, and non-binary persons to protect their reproductive rights. We will continue to support these abortion funds and reproductive justice organizations today – and when and if Roe is overturned. We ask for you to join us, as the time is now to help these organizations build out their infrastructure and prepare for the worst.

Looking to help? Here’s where to make a donation:

  • Donate and volunteer with local abortion funds who will continue to provide practical and logistical support to folks seeking abortion care:
  • Donate to independent abortion providers who are continuing to provide abortion services in the most restrictive states and regions throughout the country:
  • The consequences of this SCOTUS decision will have the most devastating impact on Black women, indigenous women, transgender men, and gender-expansive folks based in the US South and Midwest. Here’s where to give to support those in these regions:
  1. Access Reproductive Care Southeast:
  2. Yellowhammer Fund: (previous grantee partner) 
  3. Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: (previous grantee partner) 
  4. Texas Equal Access Fund: (previous grantee partner) 
  5. West Fund:
  6. Indigenous Women Rising:
  7. New Orleans Abortion Fund: (previous grantee partner) 
  8. Midwest Access Coalition:


Our work happens in real time. Sign up to receive our emails and stay up to date.
cta image
Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism

In Remembrance: Tatiana

In loving memory of our sister, Tatiana Cordero Velásquez.

Read More

Photo Credit: Urgent Action Fund Latin America & the Caribbean

Read More
Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism

Why The Climate Crisis Needs Feminism

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism’s Grants Officer Bella Bat-Erdene discusses in an article for Mongabay why the climate crisis needs feminism.

Read More

Photo Credit: Visualhunt, CCo 1.0 Universal (CCo1.0) Public Domain

Read More
team member photo

Chinyere Ezie



Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI+ Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers subjected to unlawful treatment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a cum laude graduate of Yale University. She also received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. Chinyere serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and the feminist grant-making organization the Urgent Action Fund. She was also a Founding Board Member of the National Trans Bar Association.In 2018, she was named one of the nation’s Best LGBTQI+ Lawyers Under 40.