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Democracy & Abortion Access: How Underrepresentation of Women in State Legislatures Threatens Freedom
When the Supreme Court handed down the damaging Dobbs decision, it did not just strip millions of people of their reproductive choices… The Court also deepened the effects of long-standing, systemic efforts to silence the voices of women in our democracy.
Monday January 22nd marks the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade – and while this should have been a day to honor and reflect how far we have come since Roe was decided, it is now a day to lament what we have lost.
Voter disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, subversion and political games by state legislatures, and more contribute to the gap between laws that restrict or ban abortions and the overarching will of the people to protect access.
Discussions about abortion access and the impact of Dobbs on disabled people are often overlooked. Let’s examine the ways that reproductive freedom and access to abortion care are critical to the economic security, health, well-being, dignity, and autonomy of disabled people and their families, particularly disabled women of color.
It is essential that the framework for abortion equity centers LGBTQ+ people, who experience both structural and interpersonal discrimination in settings including health care, employment, and the public sphere.
As a Black woman, AND mother, AND Deep South native, I know firsthand that Black maternal health and reproductive health are indivisible. The fall of Roe v. Wade amplified the and not or of the critical importance of fully realized reproductive justice…
The last year has been devastating. Even though advocates in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement have been sounding the alarm for years – decades, even – about what the fall of Roe v. Wade would mean, I wasn’t prepared for what that would actually look like. But as we mark one year since the Dobbs decision, I am choosing – despite everything – to lean into optimism, to believe in and build toward a future where abortion is truly available to everyone.
Attack on Abortion Pills – The War on Reproductive Rights Continues as Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Mifepristone
The Supreme Court issued a stay in the Texas mifepristone case on Friday, April 21, pressing the “pause” button on the recent lower court decisions and allowing mifepristone to remain available pending a full appeal. Although this is welcome news, it is frightening that Americans came so close to losing access to this safe, effective medication — and may yet still.
In an effort to support expanding access to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the National Partnership joined others across the movement in reproductive health, rights, and justice in a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A federal judge in Texas struck down a provision of the Affordable Care Act that required coverage for a range of preventive services — including for cancer screenings, medications and more…
“Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court ended a nationwide right to an abortion, the landscape is far from settled, with lawmakers considering broader bans or stronger protections and legal challenges popping up nationwide. It’s been a hectic week for abortion policy with Republican-dominated states seeking to tighten restrictions, Democratic lawmakers trying to protect abortion access – and court fights playing out on multiple fronts.”
“Over the course of about four hours of arguments, a federal judge in Texas asked questions that suggested he is seriously considering undoing the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a medication abortion drug and the agency’s moves to relax the rules around its use. But the judge, US District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, also indicated he was thinking through scenarios in which he could keep the drug’s 2000 approval intact while blocking other FDA rules.”
“Zurawski v. Texas, a new lawsuit announced Tuesday, March 7, marks the first time patients directly affected by abortion laws have sought to challenge them in court.”
More than 20 years ago, the FDA approved the drug mifepristone, a safe and effective pill used in medication abortions. Today, abortion pills are the most common way to terminate early pregnancy, but an unprecedented case before a federal judge in Texas threatens access to this vital medication and could have dire consequences for bodily autonomy and freedom of choice nationwide – even in states where abortion is protected.
A crucial election is upon us. Early voting has begun in dozens of states, and on November 8th the American public will participate in a midterm election where abortion is on the ballot like never before. And despite attempts to pit concerns about the economy against access to abortion, the reality is that abortion is an economic issue. For example, women denied an abortion are significantly more likely to live in poverty years later.
Long before this summer’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, people of color working to make ends meet have encountered numerous obstacles to abortion access. Decades of restrictions – including insurance coverage bans, bans on medication abortion, inhumane policies that target immigrants, and more have pushed abortion care out of reach even in states where it’s legal.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has harmed millions of people across the nation, impeding their access to abortion, disrupting their economic futures, and putting their health and even their lives at risk. The impact of this decision is particularly harmful for women of color, who are less likely to have insurance, and face economic barriers to accessing abortion.
We knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Whole Women’s Health Organization reversed a nearly 50-year legal precedent established in Roe v. Wade: that abortion is a fundamental constitutional right. The Court in Dobbs upheld the Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, and ruled that states have the right to restrict or ban abortion access entirely.
Mississippi Abortion Ban Challenges Medical Ethics
As Texas implemented its egregious abortion restriction, Mexico finally decriminalized abortion. The move is a major victory for Mexican people and advocates, and a sign of change and hope for those living in other countries, particularly in Central America, where abortion is prohibited altogether.