‘A Crisis of Health and Democracy’: Join Ms. to Debrief the Supreme Court Term at Georgetown Law

The end of June marks the end of the Supreme Court’s term—and it’s been a roller coaster. Wondering what the experts are thinking about this year’s rulings on abortion, guns, domestic violence, presidential immunity and more? Join us July 1 for the 14th Annual Supreme Court Review at the Georgetown University Law School, co-sponsored by Ms. magazine.

It’s Time We All Saw Ourselves in Black Women

When speaking about the critical need to center Black women’s joy and liberation in our quest to build a truly inclusive economy, I often get the inevitable question from a non-Black person of color: “But what about my people? Aren’t you being exclusionary?”

It reminds me time and time again how white supremacy has hardwired us to believe that Black people are different from the rest of us, further driving the false narrative that our struggles are not connected. We must learn to see ourselves in Black women and connect our liberation to theirs.

A Red-State Abortion Ban Nearly Killed His Wife. Now He’s Speaking Out.

Ryan Hamilton had to race his wife to the hospital after she had a miscarriage, fell unconscious, and started bleeding out on their bathroom floor. Here, he explains what happened.

“What happened to us here in Texas should not be normalized—what happened to my wife was nothing ‘normal.’ I think the Texas abortion law has made it gray and confusing for doctors. … I want women to be protected and miscarriage and abortion to be between a woman and her doctor. Period.

“It should be something a family feels safe to go through. I want to do my part in undoing these barbaric laws and go back to where women can get the care they need. My wife was a victim and the horrible reality here is this could happen to anyone.”

What Do the European Parliament Elections Mean for Gender Equality in Europe and Beyond?

This month, citizens across Europe headed to the polls to vote for their representatives to European Parliament. Representatives are directly elected by voters in E.U. member states every five years, and European Parliament is responsible for passing a wide array of laws, including human rights and equality measures.

Far-right parties made significant gains, even going so far as to elect representative from neo-fascist parities. This will mean substantial setbacks in gender equality. In the past, far-right parties have cut funding for tackling gender-based violence, restricted access to reproductive healthcare and abortion, and suppressed speech around gender equality issues and LGBTQ+ rights.

Supreme Court Allows Continued Access to Abortion Pills … For Now

Reproductive rights advocates breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit attempting to restrict access to the abortion pill mifepristone and telehealth abortion nationwide.

“While the Supreme Court did the bare minimum today, we know anti-abortion extremists aren’t stopping any time soon.”

The fall 2024 elections are critical to maintaining abortion pills access. The president appoints the head of the FDA, who controls the status of mifepristone. A Trump administration could rescind the FDA’s recent expansions of access to abortion pills or even try to withdraw mifepristone from the market altogether.

When the Supreme Court Cites Modern Medical Evidence, Abortion Rights Expand. When Relying on Political Evidence, They Contract.

Abortion court cases often turn on questions that are part law and part science—questions such as when a fetus becomes viable or what constitutes a threat to the health or life of a mother. Judges receive no formal training in scientific and medical literacy and few students with STEM backgrounds attend law school. Yet, judges play central roles in gatekeeping what science gets brought into the courtroom and, eventually, into a judicial opinion.

But what can non-lawyers do about this issue? Remember that judges are often elected, and if not elected, then appointed by other elected officials.

‘Vote for Abortion’ Bus Tour and Rally Show the Power of Grassroots Organizing

An extraordinary grassroots activation took place this past Saturday at 8 a.m., when two buses full of organizers, activists, celebrities, politicians, doctors and influencers braved the Phoenix heat—which would top out at 107 degrees by the afternoon—to set out on the inaugural Vote for Abortion Bus Tour and Rally, a nationwide campaign to register voters and protect abortion access and reproductive healthcare during another contentious and precarious election season.

Midwives Save Lives, but Only if We Let Them

We are currently in the midst of a maternal health crisis. Despite being one of the wealthiest and most highly resourced nations globally, the United States continues to struggle with shockingly high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity. This crisis is a matter of public health and also reflects systemic failures and disparities within our healthcare system.

The good news is we already have something that works: midwives. The bad news is that some places in the U.S. have made it difficult for midwives to provide the care that we so desperately need. 

Who Is to Blame for the Death of Habiba el Shamaa?

On April 15, 2024, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced an Uber driver to 15 years in prison with hard labor for attempted kidnapping, driving under the influence of drugs and document forgery. The victim, 24-year-old Habiba el Shamaa, died on March 14 after 21 days in a coma following critical injuries she sustained when jumping out of the moving vehicle.

Uber is partly to blame for the death of el Shamaa, but the larger misogynistic context that has normalized violence against women in the region should not be ignored. At the core of this violence in Egypt and throughout the region is the common belief that the home is a woman’s only legitimate space.