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Context: A draft of the Supreme Court case judgment has been leaked saying that Roe vs. Wade, a key precedent for abortion cases US history, is being overturned. Read the scoop from Politico.
However, abortion access and women's reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. The goal of this article is to give you ways for continued involvement, not just a one-off reaction. Let's begin.
To really simplify this 1973 landmark decision into one sentence, this court case held that a woman’s right to abortion was implicit in the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy.
This essentially legalized abortion across the United States, although individual states implemented (and are still implementing) their own restrictions.
Yes, abortion bans affect anyone who can get pregnant, but they also disproportionately affect women and families of color.
There are a few other confounding variables in states with abortion bans:
For example, in Mississippi, people of color comprise 44% of the population but make up 80% of women receiving abortions.
White and higher-income women (and there’s a disproportionate representation overlapping in those groups too) can more easily leave restrictive states, with options to drive or even fly to other places to get abortions.
For women working in-person hourly jobs and living paycheck-to-paycheck, a ban on abortion can mean having no other options, and the negative impacts continue down the road, affecting infant mortality and more.
In 2019, The Daily by The New York Times released a couple episodes on “The Abortion Wars”. It’s disturbing, but worth listening to if you’re looking for more context.
First of all, we can’t keep waiting till we’re in a crisis to act. If you’ve been troubled by the ongoing battle to control women’s reproductive rights, find ways to engage on a regular basis.
Some ways to do this are:
The one thought I want to leave you with yet again is that the burden of change falls on each of us. Especially those of us who have resources (which is likely everyone reading this), including time, money, energy, privilege, etc. We just have to turn our good intentions into positive impacts.
As always, our Soapbox Project membership community is here to welcome you if you’re looking for a group of people to take courageous and joyful action with. 💝