This week: Olympic athletes push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers’ attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women, and federal judge rules DACA is unlawful; Rep. Joyce Beatty is arrested during demonstration; Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee; and more.
Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.
With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.
Dr. Michele Goodwin testified powerfully in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution on the urgency of the Women’s Health Protection Act in addressing racial, gender, legal and health disparities.
“Reproductive justice requires every individual to have the right to make their own decisions about having children regardless of their circumstances and without interference and discrimination.”
At the end of the day, D.C. statehood is a fight for representation. It’s a fight for democracy. Black women in D.C. will only have half a seat at the table until statehood is granted.
The day after the Supreme Court announced they would hear the Mississippi abortion ban case, internet searches related to self-managed abortion surged across the United States, especially in states hostile to abortion rights. Online searches for terms related to abortion pills such as “misoprostol” and “medical abortion” exploded by more than 5,000 percent in the 24 hours after the Court’s announcement—evidence a post-Roe world would be quite different because we now have extremely safe and highly effective abortion pills that are easy to obtain and use.
A spate of recent articles notes that, rather than an anticipated COVID-19 baby boom, demographers are predicting a “baby bust.” One such article in this magazine argues that this is a good thing—for the climate, the environment, and women’s empowerment.
Not so fast.
As red states increasingly pass abortion bans and the Supreme Court is now reviewing a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, Aid Access and other online providers of abortion pills are likely to play an increasingly important role in helping people access abortion.
“As legislators make in-clinic abortion harder and harder to get, people are having to look for viable alternatives.”
“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.
At the Supreme Court, the Mississippi abortion case—or 18 others like it—could overturn Roe v. Wade altogether. States must be one step ahead in ensuring reproductive health access is protected.
Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill takes some important steps toward greater water safety, replacing lead pipes. He’ll have to overcome calls for budget cuts, but will he also confront our Pentagon and our water infrastructure’s reliance on unsafe or untested chemicals? Our children’s safety and our future—not corporate profit or government cost—must come first.