What will happen to abortion rights after Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
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Vox Reports: What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death means for the future of abortion rights
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday at the age of 87. Her legacy is marked by her unmatched efforts to defend reproductive and civil rights. But now that she's no longer on the court, what will happen to abortion rights in the United States?
Ginsburg always maintained that the right to an abortion was key to women’s autonomy. In her dissent in the 2007 case Gonzales v. Carhart, for example, she called it “a right declared again and again by this court — and with increasing comprehension of its centrality to women’s lives.” And though her view did not carry the day in that case, which upheld a ban on so-called “partial-birth” abortion, she was a crucial bulwark on the Court against any direct assault on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established abortion rights in America.
The potential nominees for SCOTUS will be conservatives likely looking to overturn Roe v. Wade, or at least weaken it beyond recognition.
For many reproductive rights advocates, that’s a dark future. But it’s also one they’ve been anticipating for years, as state-level restrictions made abortions harder and harder to obtain. And they’ve been preparing — with abortion funds that help people travel across state lines, as well as advocacy around self-managed abortion, allowing people to terminate their own pregnancies with medication outside of a clinical setting.
While abortion activists received a surprising outcome with the June Medical Service v. Russo case, it shows the fights that likely lie ahead. Now more than ever, abortion rights are at risk.
Now that advocate is gone, probably to be replaced by a justice of Trump’s choosing. And another abortion case, Food and Drug Administration v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, concerning whether patients should be able to obtain abortion medication by telemedicine during the pandemic, is already before the Court. With Ginsburg gone, that case, or another like it, could easily become a vehicle to overturn Roe.
Even though the future of abortion rights looks gloomy, you can make a stand. Call your lawmakers now, register to vote, and demand that your representatives protect abortion rights.
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