Unless you are part of the narrow demographic of rich, white men deemed to have rights in 1776, this new Trump administration commission won’t protect you.
Clinics will be given extra time to comply with a Trump administration rule announced last week that eliminated Title X funding for clinics that provide abortion referrals.
No longer can reproductive rights activists and criminal justice advocates exist in silos. The issues of reproductive rights, incarceration and criminal justice reform are linked to one another—and we must come together to fight against the criminalization of our communities.
In this fight, women everywhere lose. But those unable to access the health care they need—including safe abortion services—are paying the highest price.
What to do about a declining birth rate? Banning abortion, doing away with sex ed, and making birth control difficult to access is one approach. But stripping women of their reproductive autonomy is the very worst response to population concerns.
Ohio House Bill 90, also known as the “Humanity of the Unborn Child” bill, mandates that educators become part of the state’s mission to “achieve an abortion-free society.”
Women in the U.S., now facing down anti-abortion laws across the country and a domestic gag rule replicating the dangerous policies the Trump administration administers abroad, find themselves considering a dismal future for their reproductive health and rights—and wondering what life under an abortion ban would look like. They don’t have to look far.
The impact of laws treating a mother and a fetus separately affects rights across the board, and not necessarily in ways that all make sense.
Maine recently became the 16th state in the country to cover abortion care within their state Medicaid insurance, joining a growing wave of states and localities boldly expanding and protecting abortion access—and bringing us one step closer to a future where we all have the ability to make our own decisions about pregnancy and parenting.
Marshae Jones’ arrest won’t protect any life, won’t create healthy communities, won’t advance maternal or child health and won’t achieve any justice. It will, however, affirm the message that state police power may be used to control and lock up pregnant women.