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Beyond Roe: We must move from a pro-choice to a pro-abortion framework

Bans off our bodies

NOTE: Abortion is still legal in the United States as of May 2022. The leaked opinion is NOT a final ruling, and sources that claim otherwise are misinformation. If you have an appointment to receive an abortion, you can still receive care. 

Last week, an exclusive Politico story leaked an initial draft majority opinion indicating that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision protecting the right to abortion. In the wake of this news, protesters rallied across the country. Upon the overturning, abortion would be banned in 23 states, including in cases of rape or incest. The Guttmacher Institute has found that 1 in 4 women will have an abortion during their childbearing years. Roughly half of them are below the poverty line. “This would impact everyone, but obviously the burden is going to fall most heavily on low-income people, people in rural communities, people of colour, LGBTQ people… there are a whole host of communities who are going to be additionally burdened because of their inequitable access to healthcare,” Juli Adhikari, policy and advocacy manager for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress told South Asian Today. The idea that people can simply travel to another state to get abortions falls flat when considering the financial resources needed to travel or take time off work. 

This assault on people’s bodily autonomy in the name of religious freedom has been a concentrated project by the Christian Right in the United States for decades, one that is bigger than and precedes Trump’s presidency -- even though a majority of Americans actually support Roe. “There’s been a concentrated attack on abortion access through the judiciary, legislative attacks, and state abortion restrictions -- over 1300 restrictions have been enacted in the United States,” Juli said. “Various anti-abortion politicians and policymakers have found different ways to really undermine that access.” As Juli noted, Texas SB8, a six-week abortion ban, was one of the most egregious examples of this.