Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) always took an uncompromising stand for women’s reproductive rights. Today more than ever, what Ginsburg called a woman’s right not to be “treated as less than a fully adult human” is in jeopardy.
As you are reading this, soon to be former President Trump’s dream Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hard at work trying to take away our right to choose. See “Supreme Court OKs White House Request To Limit Abortion Pill Access During Pandemic,” 1/13/21, NPR.
One way to show support for abortion access is to sign on to the annual NC NOW ad supporting Roe v Wade, in the Indy weekly. It’s important to show that widespread support continues in North Carolina for women’s rights to well-being and dignity. Do it at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/pro-choice-signature-ad/. Another is to pressure the Biden Administration to fix this as soon as possible. We cannot allow them to get by ignoring major women’s concerns.
More on the SCOTUS Ruling
NPR wrote, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a Trump administration request to reinstate restrictions for patients seeking to obtain a drug used to terminate early pregnancies.”
SCOTUS made this ruling even though, as NPR wrote, “three lower courts had blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s in-person pick-up requirement for mifepristone during the coronavirus pandemic, citing the risks of contracting COVID-19 at a doctor’s office or a hospital. “
This is the first anti-abortion ruling with the newest justice, Amy Covid Barrett, whose confirmation was sped through the process before the November election. SCOTUS’ remaining liberal judges dissented, but without RBG there are too few of them. So for now patients have to pick up the mifepristone in person.
Women of color are at greater risk for struggling to support themselves and their families. According to NOW and based on data from The National Women’s Law Center, “[m]ore than 20% of Black, non-Hispanic women and Latinas are struggling with putting food on the table. Even more concerning, over 2 in 5 Black, non-Hispanic women and Latinas faced housing insecurity since February , including not being able to meet last month’s rent. “
As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, “This country’s laws have long singled out abortions for more onerous treatment than other medical procedures that carry similar or greater risks.” Another example of this is TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) Laws. You can tell by the name they are targetting women’s clinics that provide abortion and generally provide other services as well.