On the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—a 7-2 Supreme Court decision that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion—feminists across the nation are celebrating the major victory and progress that’s been made since, while acknowledging the long road ahead towards securing universal reproductive freedom.
The abortion rights movement in Argentina is responsible for shifting on-the-ground perception and showing politicians that times have changed, that new generations have different priorities and that it is possible to win elections advocating for legal abortion.
As 2020 draws to a close, Ms. is looking forwards towards the new year (and new administration!), and thinking about the most vital issues for feminists to be aware of — because there’s so much more work to be done.
With this in mind, we talked to some of our favorite feminists about their top priorities for issues the country is facing from the environment to reproductive rights to voting, and what changes they’re hoping for 2021.
Argentine feminists believe the time has finally come for abortion to be legalized.
“Stop making women’s bodies the battleground of all the political and economic issues you cannot solve.”
This year, 24 abortion restrictions were enacted, as were 16 provisions that protect and expand access to abortion services (including two identical sets of provisions in Virginia), and another 74 provisions that expand access to reproductive health services and education.
Telemedicine abortion startups are springing up across the country after a federal court in July temporarily suspended FDA restrictions on distribution of the abortion pill during the pandemic. In total, people in 19 states and Washington D.C. now have legal access to telemedicine abortion from a doctor within their state.
“This is a very safe early option. You can have a telemedicine appointment with a doctor in the comfort of your home and you get something mailed to your home. … To have that ability to be able to take care of yourself at home, I think that’s just an amazing service. And it should continue to be an option.”
Sexual and reproductive health advocates need to hold the Biden-Harris administration and congressional lawmakers accountable to undo the harms of the last four years, push for progressive and equitable policies, and make 2021 a turning point for sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.
Not only are laws about migrant women’s bodies resulting in the mass incarceration of women in the Gulf, they are also producing a chain reaction in the form of a generation of children who are stateless.
As we celebrate the first woman of color vice president in America, let us also take that celebration transnationally to continue to build solidarity with feminist networks across oceans.
Human rights organizations have documented dozens of accounts of immigrants receiving inadequate medical treatment, pregnant women and newborns held in custody beyond the time limits allowed by law, and inhumane conditions for those forced to give birth in custody.
Overturning Roe could drastically increase the number of people criminally prosecuted for abortion. This ominous reality has inspired prosecutors across the country to speak out.