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.”
The human toll of reduced reproductive justice seems of little consequence to those advancing the modern anti-abortion agenda. Instead, they seem more concerned with availing themselves of the one tool in the patriarchal toolkit that never fails to put women “back in their place” whenever we come too close to gender equity for their comfort—our bodies.
On the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and on the heels of a record-breaking year for abortion bans, state legislators on SiX’s Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council are speaking out on what this Roe anniversary means to them.
As an immigrant woman, I am proud to have raised my own child in the United States. I know that to achieve true access to abortion, we need a government that works on solutions that reflect the needs of families like mine.
Before Roe v. Wade, an uncounted army of women dedicated ourselves to helping our sisters make decisions and take action about their unwanted pregnancies and other reproductive issues. We listened to their stories, counseled them about options and helped them find the services they needed. We often accompanied them to appointments and procedures.
Fifty years from now, the future cannot look like the world we already changed.
Building firewalls for women’s rights—like those now in place in Illinois, New York, Nevada and Vermont—is more important than ever.
A popular medical dictionary defines disease as “literally, a lack of ease” and venereal disease as one “usually acquired through sexual intercourse.” It is apparent that unwanted pregnancy is therefore a very common venereal disease. It is associated with immense physical, mental, social and economic suffering—and in seeking to be cured, women throughout history have risked pain, mutilation and death in numbers that stagger the imagination.
We’re re-launching the legendary #WeHadAbortions campaign. Join us in demanding safe, legal abortion access—for everyone, in every state.
It’s true that tensions are running high—but the stakes are even higher. So today in class, we are talking about it. Pursuant of county directives to remain apolitical in my classroom, I waded into the topic of reproductive rights within its walls.