Why I Refuse to Feel Hopeless About the Texas Abortion Case

I refuse to feel hopeless about the fact that Texas has, for now, successfully banned abortion in that state. Already, the Department of Justice has sued Texas over its restrictive new abortion law, saying the state legislature enacted the statute “in open defiance of the Constitution.”

I do not predict another civil war, but I do know there will be a reckoning. Sometimes a loss opens the door to something better in the future. Before then, though, there will be enormous suffering. But, as we have seen before, no prohibition and no amount of pain or fear will ever stop a movement for fundamental human rights.

The Texas Abortion Ban Is History Revisited

Aspects of Texas’s new six-week abortion law are eerily reminiscent of the Fugitive Slave Acts, which traumatized Black people for fear of being tracked, stalked and charged with violating the codes of slavery.

Texas has stepped into a dangerous zone that not only undermines the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy—but now calls for the worst in citizen action. 

Advocates Challenge Arizona Court Ruling Medical Use of Marijuana During Pregnancy is Child Neglect

Reproductive rights advocates have come out in force to support Lindsay R., an Arizona woman whom the state of Arizona has branded a child abuser because she used medical marijuana while she was pregnant.

The criminalization of pregnant women using marijuana is part of a broader trend, according to National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which has documented more than 1,000 arrests for drug use during pregnancy.

The Weekly Pulse: How to Keep Students Safe from Delta; Latest Attacks on Abortion; “Pregnant People Do Well With the Vaccine”; Officials Greenlight Booster Shots

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition: Texas may become the first state in the U.S. to impose a ban on a common abortion procedure; The American Medical Association recommends dropping sex labels from birth certificates; hospitals are experiencing a surge of child COVID cases as back to school looms closer; top U.S. health officials announced that booster shots will become available in September; and more.

Keeping Score: Afghan Women Hopeless Ahead of Taliban Rule; Cuomo Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations; Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.
This week: the Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw; Kathy Hochul will replace gov. Andrew Cuomo, becoming the first female governor of New York; LGBTQ+ Olympians make history at the Tokyo Games; the Senate passes major infrastructure bill; IPCC warns of irreversible climate change and the consequences to come; and more.

Katherine Clark Introduces Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act: “We Owe It to the Global Community”

“State Department reporting on violations of reproductive rights should not be subject to whiplash between the policies of the occupants of the White House. Congress has an important role to ensure that the U.S. is consistently and unbiasedly reporting on the rights violations that impact women around the world, without political interference.”

Katherine Clark’s Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act would require the State Department include reporting on contraception and abortion access, STD rates and prevention efforts, maternal health, and rates and causes of pregnancy-related injuries and death, including unsafe abortions.

The Infuriating Case of Toxic Chemicals in Breast Milk

The first study in 15 years to analyze per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in breast milk from mothers in the United States indicates that both legacy and current-use PFAS now contaminate breast milk, exposing nursing infants.

We can no longer position worried moms as the front line of defense between their child’s health and the chemical industry. We need a government that regulates chemicals.