On “Roe Day,” we need to recommit to electing lawmakers who will defend abortion rights in Washington and the states. In 2022, we need to vote for women’s lives. Our goal is to elect a 60-vote abortion rights majority in the Senate and flip state legislatures that are currently held by the narrowest of margins.
issue: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues
Christian Nunes, president of the National Organization of Women, told Al Jazeera: “I am really concerned about where we are going to go, especially with how the courts are stacked right now.”
The use of mifepristone has increased significantly over the years. In 2017, 40 percent of all recorded abortions and 60 percent of abortions performed up to 10 weeks of gestations – though the rate is likely higher due to self-managed abortions which are not recorded. Most women seeking abortions now use this safe and effective medication.
“It’s disheartening to hear that the U.S. wants to advocate or comment about other countries and how they treat women, but yet here we are trying to control a person’s decision about their own reproductive care and access,” says NOW’s Nunes. “We have to think deeper about how we’re looking as a country.”
Reversing Roe would cause an access gap between those who have the means and resources to travel for an abortion and those who don’t said, Nunes.
“Those with money are still going to have access to abortion,” she said. “Certain communities are going to be the ones that are most affected by this access: women of color, women with disabilities, LGBTQIA members, women in poverty. We’re going to go back to a time where people have to seek unsafe underground abortion practices since they can’t afford to travel to states.”