ENA-AAENP Statement on Supreme Court Decision

June 24, 2022 American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association and American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners released the following statement regarding today's Supreme Court ruling.

Through its decision today in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court changed the landscape of health care for women shaped in large part for a half century by Roe v. Wade.

The Dobbs ruling now allows abortion laws to be determined at the state level, which will create a ripple effect across the health care continuum – including in the emergency department. The Emergency Nurses Association and the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners recognize there is much to understand, and many questions to answer, about what emergency nurses will need to know and be prepared for should laws change in their respective states.

As those events unfold, ENA and AAENP’s unwavering focus is on what the high court’s decision means for emergency nurses and their patients. ENA and AAENP will ensure emergency nurses and advanced practice registered nurses have access to clinical resources and education that prepares them for acute obstetric cases, while remaining committed to the delivery of high-quality care to every patient who visits the emergency department.


About the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners promotes high quality, evidence based practice for nurse practitioners providing emergency care for patients of all ages and acuities in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. Learn more at www.aaenp-natl.org.

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines and guides emergency health care public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.