Since URC’s founding in 1965, we have dedicated ourselves to bettering the world, both at home and abroad. With conviction, the university professors who founded URC believed in the power of social activism to improve the quality of life and well-being of people around the world.
At URC, we believe that equitable and resilient health systems that respond to people’s needs drive well-being and quality of life, and we are dedicated to improving health worldwide. In our countless programs around the world, URC works to improve health outcomes of all.
As an organization dedicated to improving the quality, delivery, and access to health services, we support people’s rights to quality health care, including reproductive health care. All people should have this basic human right to make informed decisions about their health care regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic status.
URC has deep concerns about legislation worldwide that limits individuals’ rights to health, health equity, and access to health services. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade inhibits health equity, limits reproductive choice, and impedes access to reproductive health services.
This ruling introduces health risks to those who may consider unsafe non-medical alternatives when legal abortions are no longer an option available to them. These risks are exacerbated by disparities in health, socioeconomic status, age, race, and class, placing greater risk on some in the United States than others.
We believe this decision places sexual and reproductive health at risk and stands in contrast to URC’s value of health equity for all. Advancing quality healthcare for all continues to be our priority.