Fearing that a Barrett confirmation may lead the Supreme Court to end federal protection for abortion rights, activists across the country are mobilizing to secure the right to abortion health care in state law.
“We are at a tipping point. On one hand, we have the 25th anniversary initiatives and global health, feminist and social justice movements. On the other, we have the in-built systemic inequities and legislative obstacles these movements face.”
Over the last four years, the Trump administration has committed horrific human rights violations against migrants to the United States. “The uterus collector” is what detained migrant women call the gynecologist working at the Irwin County Detention Center.
The US House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which ensures pregnant workers are not denied reasonable accommodations.
Dr. Jamila Perritt of Physicians for Reproductive Health said the bill—if approved by the Senate and president—would “ensure that those who are most likely to work in some of the most challenging settings, like immigrants and those with low incomes, have the humane protections they deserve.”
Immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, with little to no knowledge of the medical procedure, were forced to undergo unwanted hysterectomies.
The United States has an ugly, and often hidden history of forced sterilization of immigrants, people of color, indigenous women, and anyone else seen as “unfit,” and therefore expendable, by the powers that be.
A new study found that when states expanded Medicaid eligibility, pregnant people were less likely to lose health insurance postpartum. That’s a big deal, experts said.
The recent June Medical Services vs. Russo decision safeguarded the right to abortion access for vulnerable communities in Louisiana—but it was a small victory in the larger battle for abortion rights and access. Ms. talked to Pearl Ricks, Executive Director of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, about the June Medical decision and the gatekeeping of abortion in the U.S.—and who it affects most.
“People in the South want to be able to access abortions—whether they ever get one in their lives or not. But who are the louder voices? Who are the ones most adamantly going out and voting?”
Despite overwhelming support for contraception, the Supreme Court opted to allow employers to single it out and makes women financially responsible for the full cost of contraception: the most fundamental part of their reproductive well-being.
As a result, contraception will be too expensive for some women to afford.
The June Medical Services v. Russo Supreme Court decision has feminists feeling “equal parts relieved and hopeful about the important win, and enraged and fearful about how temporary and incomplete it is.”
After yesterday’s fractured opinion, legislatures will continue passing ever-more restrictive laws, and states will press hard to get them back in front of this unsettled Supreme Court.
June Medical Services presented the Court with a second bite at the apple. Louisiana couldn’t get Roberts to bite this time. But there’s a lot of the apples in the tree, and it only takes one.