Roe v. Wade: The Wrong Way for Our Rights


graphic of Deena Lauver Scotti

Women have long been discriminated against, and while progress has been made, we are now at a point where our reproductive rights are under attack again. In 2022. What this signals to me is that we, as women, are not valued or protected in this country, but we, as women are burdened, expected to be strong, expected to hold our families down, expected to thrive, all while not being considered worthy of the best access and care for us to thrive. 

I make personal decisions every day that will impact the rest of my life and am fortunate that in the past, I have been able to choose what’s best for me, with no issue. When I think about future generations, especially my nieces, I realize they may not be afforded those same rights.  What’s next? Where does it stop?  

Where we stand as a Foundation

Our Focus on Women’s Health
Our commitment to women’s health runs deep. For nearly a decade, the Foundation’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative has been using equity-focused strategies to save lives through FLOURISH St. Louis and Bootheel Babies and Families. Building on our commitment, we launched The Right Time to empower people to take control of their health. Most recently, we’ve been exploring ways to promote high-quality, equitable maternal health care with partners around the state.  

In Our Own Words
The Supreme Court’s decision and the consequences to follow will touch women of all ages, races and ethnicities, across all sectors, industries, socioeconomic levels, and lived experiences. Over the course of the next few days, MFH will release the stories of its women in leadership. This series captures real-life accounts of the five women who are members of the Executive Team at the Foundation, reinforcing how essential women’s rights are and how crucial adequate reproductive care is in reducing health disparities and the role it plays in shaping the outcome of one’s life.