Rise Up For Roe!

In 2015, the National Constitution Center published a disturbing survey that revealed how little Americans know about their own judicial system.

At the time, many didn’t know the substance of the First Amendment and were unfamiliar with many functions of the Supreme Court—10 percent of the college graduates polled even thought that Judith Sheindlin of the TV show Judge Judy was a Supreme Court Justice.

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, however, has stirred outrage across the country. If appointed by the Senate, the far-right Supreme Court nominee, guided by the principle of so-called originalism, could become a fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade—opening the floodgates for individual states to criminalize abortion providers and patients and outlaw the procedure entirely.

Without Roe, women in over 20 states could lose abortion access overnight—but a nomination is not a confirmation, and activists can still fight to keep Kavanaugh from assuming a seat on the Court.

That’s why Demand Justice, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America are currently on a cross-country tour calling on feminists to rise up for Roe.

The ten-city tour is hosted by feminists like Lauren Duca and Brittany Packnett and features former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and current President Dawn Laguens, National Women’s Law Center President Fatima Goss-Graves, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue, author Jessica Valenti and actor and activist Alyssa Milano, among other speakers. Each stop will mark a free day of speeches, live performances and storytelling by local reproductive health workers—and showcase the power of the majority of Americans who support safe and legal abortion access under Roe.

Find a tour date in a city near you.

Madeleine Gatto is an editorial intern at Ms. She is currently majoring in journalism and minoring in communication policy and law at the University of Southern California. Her passion for feminist writing and research began when she was a part of her high school’s Girls Learn International chapter and Women’s Awareness club. Despite the fact that her last name means cat in Italian, she’s most definitely a dog person.

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