YWCA Kaua‘i makes reproductive-care stand

LIHU‘E — The YWCA of Kaua‘i has joined with the YWCA Hawai‘i Island, YWCA O‘ahu and YWCA USA in urging the Supreme Court to protect reproductive freedom in communities across America.

Today, the YWCA of Kaua‘i, with support from Malama Pono Health Services, Hua Moon Women’s Health, The Womb Bookstore and Stacy Ricciardi, will have a sign-waving event at the Lihu‘e Airport intersection (Ahukini Road and Kapule Highway) from 9 to 11 a.m., where masking and social distancing will be enforced.

This is partially sparked by YWCA USA’s Sept. 20 amicus brief filing in the Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which will determine the future of Roe v. Wade.

YWCA of Kaua‘i Executive Director Renae Hamilton-Cambeilh said the full range of reproductive services should be available to all people, no matter where they live. On Kaua‘i, there are some services inaccessible.

“When we think of reproductive health care, it may be that an individual may have to go to O‘ahu,” Hamilton-Cambeilh said this week. “Is that really equal access for full reproductive care?”

In March of 1970, before the Roe v. Wade decision was made, Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to allow abortions at the request of the woman, according to a recent YWCA release.

“Young women would face significant harm as the first generation in half a century to enter adulthood without the fundamental right to decide whether and when to have children,” Interim CEO of YWCA USA Elisha Rhodes said.

Rhodes said that the stakes “couldn’t be higher.”

“Reversing Roe would limit the full economic potential of young women, who could be pushed out of the workplace or forced to limit their education and careers to accommodate pregnancy or childcare,” Rhodes said. “Everyone should have the freedom and power to make personal decisions about their lives, families and futures. We must stand firmly for a woman’s right to safe, affordable, accessible abortion.”


Sabrina Bodon, editor, can be reached at 245-0441 or sbodon@thegardenisland.com.

  1. Sad times October 2, 2021 12:31 am Reply

    Shame on the people trying to tell anyone else what to do with their bodies! You want an abortion get one, pay for it with your own money. Don’t try to make them free and easy. It shouldn’t be either. It’s a serious dissision to make. Same goes for any thing you inject into anyone else. It should be a choice an informed choice you make for your body and your life. You can never go back on either, you have to live with the choices you make. So stop telling people what to do. Live and let live.

  2. Kauai doug October 2, 2021 7:20 am Reply

    “Everyone should have the freedom and power to make personal decisions about their lives, families and futures. We must stand firmly for a woman’s right to safe, affordable, accessible abortion.”

    Now I hope that these people support a persons choice to a vax or it seems very strange. Is it really “my body , my choice” or is that just when some groups decide?
    Aloha aina

    1. No Doug October 2, 2021 8:52 pm Reply

      Pregnancy termination involves a single individual. An anti vaxxer can infect many others. Can’t help you if you can’t see the difference.

  3. Kalehua October 2, 2021 11:11 am Reply

    “My body my choice” Period. October is Anti-Bullying month.. so stop with the bullying of those who carefully consider the Covid shots and decide not to partake. Live and let live.

  4. Hirondelle October 2, 2021 12:16 pm Reply

    Is this a good time to point out that neither pregnancy nor abortion are contagious?

  5. Pro-choice October 2, 2021 4:56 pm Reply

    This is false equivalency. A women’s reproductive choices effect her and her family. Your vaccination choices have the potential to effect many who you may only come into casual contact with.

  6. Made Up October 3, 2021 6:26 pm Reply

    Well YWCA better stand up against the COVID vaccination that has been linked to pregnancy miscarriages and deaths.

    If not then disband this phony pork org.

    YWCA collided with kpd to file false complaint to get someone fired and tried to set that person up with phony charges by using their so called victim(s).

    Shine the light on the darkness on every department or organization that has been exposed for public corruption.

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