Statement on North Carolina’s Abortion Ban

Advocates for Youth is deeply proud to work with a network of young people across the country, including in North Carolina, who are working to ensure everyone has access to the abortion care they need when they need it. Lawmakers working to force through harmful bans and restrictions are severely out of touch with the millions of young people who support abortion access, who have watched as bans stripped pregnant people of their autonomy and endangered their health and lives. We’ve seen that opponents of reproductive health care won’t stop at abortion – they are working to limit and ban sex education, contraception, and gender-affirming care. Advocates for Youth is working alongside young people working to expand abortion access, not limit it. Young people have the right to lead healthy lives, and that means access to the full spectrum of reproductive and sexual health care, including sex education, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and parenting supports. Young people will never let abortion access disappear for North Carolinians – they’re raising money, providing travel assistance, and working to ensure abortion medication is available on college campuses. We need to follow their lead and keep up the fight for abortion access.