Today marks one year since the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, and the backsliding on abortion rights and women’s health in this country has been quick and brutal:
- Twenty states have passed draconian abortion bans, though in eight states those have thankfully been blocked by legal action.
- Women are increasingly being traumatized when they seek medical care—denied abortions in medical emergencies, forced to carry nonviable pregnancies to term, and even prosecuted.
- A survey of OBGYNs released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that new abortion restrictions are leading to an increase in maternal mortality and a widening of pregnancy-related racial disparities.
- And now, anti-abortion forces have turned their efforts toward mifepristone, attempting to block one of the few ways left for people in hostile states to still have a safe abortion.
People are fighting back though—and not just die-hard activists. Starting with last summer’s ballot referendum in Kansas, and continuing through the midterm elections and this spring’s special election in Wisconsin, politically diverse voters are signaling that they want abortion to remain safe and legal, and they’ll punish politicians who won’t protect it.
We saw another victory this week, when former Del. Lashrecse Aird thumped anti-abortion stalwart Sen. Joe Morrissey in Virginia’s Democratic primaries.
Let’s keep this winning streak going —our lives depend on it.
To catch you up fast: Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom is a statewide coalition that’s trying to get a measure on this November’s general election ballotthat will restore abortion rights in the Buckeye State. The current 6-week ban was blocked by the Ohio Supreme Court, but not before doing tremendous damage, most shockingly in the case of a 10-year-old rape victim who had to travel to Indiana (which now has its own court-blocked ban) to receive care.
Republicans in the legislature know abortion access is broadly popular, so they have counter-proposed a separate ballot measure that would raise the vote threshold for ballot measures to 60 percent—a rush job they’re hoping to pass in an Aug. 8 special election, just in time to stymie the pro-abortion November ballot measure.
It’s a craven attack on democracy, and a tactic that could spread through the anti-abortion movement if we don’t stop it now. Mark one year since Dobbs by rushing a donation to Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom.