How does reproductive justice win?
Like many groups within the movement to preserve access to abortion, the Texas coalition was operating in crisis mode. For years, the Texas legislature had passed a stream of bills aimed at Abortion, transgender children, immigrantsand right to vote. According to caucus member Kamyon Conner, executive director of the tea fund. In this turmoil, black organizers were worn down by the feeling that they were being told what to do by colleagues who were often unaware of their expertise. Since the six-week ban was passed last year, the stakes and stress levels have been particularly high. “When you don’t have enough resources, money or time, and stress is something you can’t even quantify, I think banter and compassion are some of the first things to do,” Conner said. “We’ve seen that play out in this coalition.”
The crisis, of course, was ongoing. For more than 40 years, the right to legal abortion has been under siege. Although many people were shocked when the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June, the national legal right to abortion had been under threat since its conquest in 1973. The politicians and the observers of the court had predicted the fall of deer since at least 1989, when the Supreme Court supported a Missouri right
which restricted access to abortion but failed to abolish deer. In 1992, deer was once again put in jeopardy, this time by Family planning c. Casey. While some have credited the case for “saving
Deer,“The court’s decision in this case opened the floodgates to state-level restrictions that put abortion out of reach for many low-income people. Anti-abortion state lawmakers subsequently unleashed a series of relentless restrictions, demanding an endless series of defensive maneuvers from under-resourced abortion rights groups. This battle of attrition has not only usurped the energy of the movement and desensitized abortion rights supporters to the feeling that abortion access is in crisis, it has stalled progress on a range of priorities. feminists, from universal childcare to comprehensive sex education.
“We talk so much about abortion; what does this distract from? asked Elena Rebeca Gutiérrez, co-author of Undivided rights and reproductive justice specialist. Until a few years ago, non-consensual sterilizations of immigrant women of color were in the headlines. Another overlooked issue is so-called period poverty, Gutiérrez noted; up to one in 10 women of college age regularly cannot afford menstrual products.