In this edition of The Weekly Pulse, we take a look at updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of balancing public health amidst protest, and the need to continue the fight for abortion rights.
“We see who’s on the Supreme Court. So for me it puts fear in my heart, and I know it puts fear into many others’ as well. That fear ends up turning into a passion and I’m hoping that people see our passion and our hard work, and know that we’re not going to stop.”
Immediately following oral arguments in the case June v. Russo, Jessica Mason Pieklo joins co-host Imani Gandy to bring the rest of us up to speed on the most important and surprising moments of the day.
Today, 58 percent of American women of reproductive age live in states considered hostile to abortion rights; and 90 percent of U.S. counties lack a single abortion provider.
This Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Louisiana case June v. Russo, in which the court will once again review an unnecessary state law that requires doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges near their clinic.
About 200 organizations and 700 individuals filed 27 legal briefs in June v. Gee, an abortion case before the Supreme Court, on December 2. One brief—filed by the Feminist Majority Foundation, NOW, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Women’s Law Project—showcases how TRAP laws, in a climate of violence and harassment against abortion providers, force clinics to close.
The announcement that the Supreme Court is taking up June Medical Services v. Gee proves two things about the new ultra-conservative Court bench: that it has an utter disregard for any sort of standing legal precedent, and that it clearly views itself as yet another partisan body rather than an independent branch of the government. Both spell disaster for the future right to bodily autonomy of those who are able to get pregnant in the South.