This week marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Will it make it to 50? That’s the question women are asking with increasing urgency – and determination.
Opponents of abortion believe this is their moment. Their support played a big role in Donald Trump’s election, and he rewarded them with three selected Supreme Court justices in the belief that they would vote to oust Roe. They sit atop a justice system that Republicans have stacked for years with judges consistently violating abortion rights wherever they go.
Since 1973, when Roe was codified, states have enacted more than 1,300 abortion restrictions, and 2021 sees states pass laws restricting and banning abortions at a higher rate than any other year. before.
Twenty-three states have passed the most extreme legislation imaginable, stemming from rambling science and partisan politics, and defending with the lie that these measures are meant to protect women’s health. . But these laws are about power – not about health. Power over women’s lives. Women’s body autonomy. The right to decide the future of women.
On “Roe Day,” we need to propose to elect legislators who will defend abortion rights in Washington and the states. In 2022, we need to vote for women’s lives. Our goal is to elect a 60-vote majority on abortion rights in the Senate and unseat the state legislatures that currently hold the fewest margins.
For example, the balance of power in the Arizona House of Representatives is decided by 3,000 votes in 2020, and in Texas, control of the House drops to 23,000 votes. The situation is similar in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgia.
Now, many of those states are at the center of legislative action to make abortion care even more inaccessible – especially for blacks, indigenous peoples and people of color. (BIPOC) and those living on low incomes.
Women of color have disproportionately higher abortion needs, with Black women having the highest rates of unintended pregnancy of any race or ethnicity. Black women also lead the nation in maternal mortality, a number that is certain to rise if Roe falls. BIPOC women’s reproductive autonomy is inextricably linked with a legacy of oppression and racism.
Today, that legacy is growing in states that have become laboratories for 6-week bans and outright bans, personality modifications, fetal heart rate laws, waiting periods, consent requirements. notices, public funding bans, insurance bans, unnecessary clinic regulations – confusing laws designed to discourage women from choosing to have an abortion and make it more difficult to get an abortion.
Some of the worst laws have been passed in Mississippi, and we await a decision by the US Supreme Court in a case involving the state’s 15-week abortion ban, which poses a direct challenge to with Roe. If Roe is overturned, 12 states have passed legislation designed to “trigger” following the Supreme Court ruling, and the Guttmacher Institute said 26 states either definitely or are likely to ban abortions without Roe.
One of the architects of judicious Texas law, Jonathan Mitchell, wrote this in a “friend of the court” summary filed by Texas’ Right to Life to the US Supreme Court: women can ‘take control of their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by limiting sex. “
Here it is – simple and straightforward. This fight is not outlawing abortion. It’s about control over women. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said during her confirmation hearing before the Senate about the decision to have children, “When the Government controls that decision over her, she is being treated as a complete immature person. Take full responsibility for your own choices.”
Of course, there is no similar law that gives the government the power to make decisions about male body autonomy.
Over the years, an unprecedented coalition of women’s rights and social justice groups has come to Washington to participate in “Women’s Lives Action Month” and demand that women have the right to disruptive care. pregnancy, birth control and all reproductive options, including the right to have children. and determined to establish their own families without government intervention.
Now, it’s time to Vote for Women’s Lives. There is no doubt that each of these states’ efforts to ban abortion – and many others – are capable of mobilizing a feminist voter that surpasses expectations for an election within the year, causing Surprise the experts and make history.
The midterm elections will revolve around turnout, and we must be determined to break the record of turnout from coast to coast. With voting rights still in the balance, the best defense against voter suppression may be voter determination – and we are more determined than ever.
Christian F. Nunes is the president of the National Foundation for Women. She wrote this for InsideSources.com. © 2022 Tribune Content Authority.
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