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The decision to have or not to have a child is “at the heart of a woman’s life, of her dignity. It’s a decision she has to make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is treated as less than an adult person fully responsible for her own choices. ”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it 30 years ago during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. It heard that reproductive freedom is fundamental to equality and essential to women’s health and economic security. Without access to high quality reproductive health care – including contraception and legal and safe abortion – we cannot have true equality.
But President Trump, Senate Republicans, and their hardline allies don’t care. They spent nearly four years under the Trump administration – and the many years before it – undermining health care and turning back the clock on reproductive rights. That’s why they appointed Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court. She is the ticket for a desperate right-wing party that wants to hold onto power a little longer in order to impose its extremist agenda on the whole country.
President Trump and his Republican facilitators have attempted to deny this obvious fact. The President recently stated that he “I did not knowHow Barrett would vote on reproductive rights, and Senate Republicans have fallen in line. The Republican Party knows the vast majority of Americans do not support reversal Roe deer v. Wade. They benefit when we stay away – and they want us to sit down and be silent while our fundamental freedoms are at stake.
But we see through their radical play.
President Trump chose Barrett as his Supreme Court candidate to take us back in time. Roe deer v. Wade established the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion and has been the law of the land for over 47 years. But more than, and more than, and more than again, President Trump bragged about his intention to appoint judges who would “automatically” overturn Roe deer. The Affordable Care Act has expanded access to reproductive health care – such as non-co-payment birth control – for millions of people. But President Trump has promised to overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and sent his justice department to ask the Supreme Court to do just that.
Barrett is Trump’s ideal candidate to accomplish his plans. In 2006, she signed a newspaper ad calling at the end of Roe deer and calling the decision “barbaric”. She was a member of an anti-choice group while he was at the faculty of the University of Notre-Dame. She was also criticism of the affordable care law and the previous Supreme Court decision to uphold the law in the courts. Her position on abortion and other reproductive rights is clear: she believes that women cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies.
If Barrett’s appointment scares you and angers you, you are right to be: 17 cases related to abortion are already one step away from the Supreme Court. Twenty-one states have laws that could be used to restrict abortion in the event Roe deer is knocked down. And if Barrett’s confirmation gets rammed quickly, she’ll get a chance – on November 10 – to hear a case concerning the overturning of the Affordable Care Act, and a lifetime in front of the highest court in the land to undermine the rights and values we hold dear.
Access to birth control has changed the economic future millions of women, and access to safe abortion care is also an economic problem. For a young couple with modest salaries and stacks of student loans, the decision to start or expand a family is a major economic one. For a woman who works two jobs with two children at daycare, an unplanned pregnancy can wreak havoc on already stretched budgets. For a student still in high school or who is preparing a university degree, it is can derail even the most prudent plans for financial independence. Indeed, one of the most common reasons that women decide to have an abortion because they cannot afford to raise a child.
And let’s be explicitly clear: if these attacks are successful, they will have disproportionately negative consequences for women of color, who already face some of the most insurmountable barriers to abortion care. Wealthy women will still have access to abortion and reproductive health care, but it will be black and brunette women, low-income women, women who cannot afford time off work, and young women who were raped or assaulted by a family. member who will be the most vulnerable.
But now is not the time to back down. It’s already inspiring to see so many women and female friends come out of the backstage of this fight – and we need to keep talking, calling your Senators, and making sure this conversation is grounded in our actual experiences. Men must also speak out, because the freedom to procreate concerns us all.
Voting is already underway across the country and there are only 26 days left until the end of the elections. And the data shows that most Americans want expect until after the election for a new justice to be confirmed. Justice Ginsburg has given us our marching orders: don’t fill that Supreme Court seat until after the election, when the next president is installed. We will fight hard together to honor his wish.