The Supreme Court’s abortion rights decision yesterday provides a brief respite to women across the South. But we’re still playing defense in the courts. Our offensive should be in the streets.
Jenny Brown is a member of National Women’s Liberation and a former editor at Labor Notes. She is a coauthor of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America and author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work. Her latest book is Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now.
The news broke this week that Jane Roe, the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, was paid by the anti-abortion right to publicly switch sides later in life. But while the news is shocking, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that no single person was responsible for the partial victory of Roe — it takes collective action to win social change.
Texas and Ohio have ordered a stop to abortions, saying they’re not essential medical services. Other states will follow. Right-wing forces are using the pandemic as a pretext to crack down dramatically on abortion rights. We can’t let them.
After years of retreat, we need to reject the approach of conservative NGOs and fight for abortion without apology.
Abortion isn’t a “cultural” issue. The production of children, and who will pay for it, is a key economic battlefront.
With meager public support for parents, US women are having fewer children than ever. Raising the next generation is work — and American women seem to be on strike.
Feminists have been pushing for years to repeal the Hyde Amendment. But we should think even bigger: Medicare for All.
In the United States, women face the prospect of becoming mothers without necessary social protections. Many decide it’s not worth the risk.
Why feminists are calling for a national women’s strike during Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The demand for abortion has had the most success when it’s been free of preemptive compromise.