Supporting Workplace Mental Health Post Roe V. Wade Overturn

Updated: Aug 1

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On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court's ruling overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion, and leaving access to abortion services up to the discretion of individual states.

This decision holds devastating consequences for women’s physical and mental health. Companies and their leadership must be attuned to their role and responsibility to support employee mental health and wellbeing.

Reproductive rights are a workplace issue, and must be addressed in organizations that have committed to DEIB efforts to further racial and economic justice. There will be significant ramifications on the growing gender gap in the workplace, especially for Black, Indigenous, and other women of color who already face disproportionate challenges at work. shared that there is "unprecedented pressure on businesses to lead in reproductive rights, similar to how they’ve had to step up on mental health, caregiving, and racial justice in earnest over the past few years."

Companies are catalysts for culture change and must take a stand both internally and externally—especially when the majority of Americans support abortion being legal and everything that is on the line following this precedent.

Mind Share Partners condemns the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe V. Wade. As a female-founded organization, we continue to stand with women and their human rights to make reproductive health care choices that are best for their health and their family.

We've curated this resources page to bring awareness to this issue, share ways employers can support their workforce and take a stand, and highlight resources supporting women's mental health at work.

I. Statistics On Mental Health And Abortion

  • Landmark research known as the Turnaway study found that women who were denied an abortion had more psychological problems in the short term than those who received one.

  • Women who were denied abortions were initially more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety, lower life satisfaction, and lower self-esteem compared with those who could obtain abortions.

  • The physical and financial harms of being denied an abortion can last for years.