Reproductive rights are about nothing less than the ability to make decisions about love, sex, and family without government interference or discrimination. That means marriage equality is a cornerstone of reproductive justice.
Voters definitively beat back anti-choice ballot initiatives on November 4, but opponents of legal abortion say they’ll be back for another round. What can women’s health advocates do to build up support before the next round of attacks?
Despite the anti-abortion movement’s best efforts, Americans in three states voted to protect pregnant women and their physicians from interference by the government.
In Colorado, South Dakota, Washington, California and Michigan voters refused to put the government between Americans and their private life decisions.
This year’s abortion ban in South Dakota is no more humane than the last time around. The exceptions for rape force the rape victim to identify her attacker and test her fetus for DNA before she can access abortion. SD supporters of the abortion ban also claim “abortion is being used as birth control.” Since SD legislators voted down greater access to birth control this year, there isn’t even “birth control as birth control.”
Advocates who oppose legal abortion often claim they only want to “send the issue of abortion back to the states.” But this position is a bait-and-switch tactic that should not be trusted.
Need yet more proof that the ballot initiatives in Colorado, South Dakota and California this election season are anti-women’s health? Watch the real life stories of these three women unfold on video.
The groups supporting Colorado’s Amendment 48 represent the most extreme wing of the right to life movement. These groups and individuals lead campaigns against contraceptive access.
Proponents of the South Dakota abortion ban argue that the health exception protects women’s well-being. But the amendment would force physicians to make medical decisions with their attorneys, rather than with their patients.
Is it wise for anti-choicers to bring a direct challenge to Roe to the Supreme Court, as they would if either the South Dakota or Colorado ballot initiative passes? Anti-choice activists are divided on the strategy.