Monday, December 5, 2022

What Is Going on With Abortion Rights?

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reproductive rights protest

Final night time, a Supreme Court draft opinion, which might overturn Roe v. Wade, was leaked. After I write information items, I normally attempt to strip emotion out of them. However I can’t cease my palms from shaking. This may be catastrophic.

Right here’s the deal: The Supreme Court docket draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito in February (and revealed final night time by Politico), would overturn the Roe v. Wade resolution that has federally assured the correct to abortion for practically half a century. The opinion, in fact, may change by its official launch, which is predicted by early summer time. However! If the courtroom’s last opinion is just like this draft, every state would now resolve whether or not and when abortions could be authorized.

Here’s a chart exhibiting what that may appear like (word that Colorado would really be purple):

Abortion would probably stay authorized in half of states, however many states within the Midwest and the South would make it illegal to finish a being pregnant. In these locations, many individuals — particularly younger girls, poor girls, and black and brown girls — won’t have the time, cash or assets to journey out of state to get abortions. And the Mississippi legislation – the legislation that this opinion is upholding — has no exception for rape or incest. I’m appalled to jot down these phrases.

Due to this fact, “many ladies, disproportionately those that are poor, would unwillingly carry their infants to time period and rely on a social security internet that’s thinner than in most different wealthy nations, and thinner in some states than in others,” reviews the New York Times.

A skinny social security internet is a delicate approach to put it. One other approach is: “pressured start in a rustic with the very best maternal mortality fee, no paid maternity depart, no common, sponsored childcare, no continued start mum or dad care, and often inaccessible psychological well being care,” says author Tocarra Mallard. Plus, shrinking contraception entry, a trainer and caregiver scarcity, and an general dearth of assist.

And abortion is just one a part of a terrifying bigger motion to remove rights for ladies, LGBTQ+ of us, and different communities. The draft opinion criticizes Lawrence v. Texas (legalizing sodomy) and Obergefell v. Hodges (legalizing same-sex marriage). Alito says that, like abortion, these selections shield rights that aren’t “deeply rooted in historical past.” If reproductive freedom isn’t federally protected, what else will occur? What – or who — comes subsequent?

So, what can we do? Protests are occurring all around the nation. New Yorkers can meet at Foley Square, at Washington Square Park, or exterior Barclay’s Center. (My household can be at Barclay’s!)

And if you’re in a position, please be a part of us in donating to assist reproductive freedom. Cup of Jo will match as much as $6,000 of reader donations. We can be donating to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Lilith Fund. Wherever you select to donate, merely electronic mail your receipt to

“I’ll select what enters me, what turns into flesh
of my flesh. With out selection, no politics,
no ethics lives. I’m not your cornfield,
not your uranium mine, not your calf
for fattening, not your cow for milking.
You might not use me as your manufacturing unit.
Clergymen and legislators don’t maintain shares
in my womb or my thoughts.
That is my physique. If I give it to you
I need it again. My life
is a non-negotiable demand.”
— Marge Piercy

Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks.

P.S. Why abortion needs to be legal, and thoughts on sexual harassment.

(Photograph of protesters exterior the Supreme Court docket on Monday by Kenny Holston for The New York Occasions.)

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