Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

SCOTUS Decision on Reproductive Health Care

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as undocumented people, and young people.

In the coming weeks, UCSF, the University of California, and other health care organizations will advocate for state legislation and policies that strengthen reproductive health rights. In California abortion rights are already protected by a right to privacy in the State Constitution. We will continue to protect the rights of patients seeking reproductive services, as well as the providers who care for them.

While we respond to the immediate need to help people get the care they need, we remain committed to expanding access to reproductive health care for all people. We urge you to stay informed and engaged as we move forward. Please join us on Friday, July 8, for a town hall titled After SCOTUS: The Future of Abortion Access to learn more about today’s Supreme Court decision and how it will affect UCSF’s work.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Amy P. Murtha, MD
Professor and Chair
Edward C. Hill, MD, Endowed Chair in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences