US prepares for Supreme Court showdown on abortion rights

Original Article:
Published in Aljazeera by William Roberts on October 12, 2021

US Supreme Court is poised to hear a case challenging Roe v Wade, setting up a ‘critical’ moment on access to abortion.

“This is a critical time for women,” said Christian Nunes, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a grassroots feminist advocacy group founded in 1966 that champions abortion rights.

“When you talk about Roe v Wade, it was 1973. For the last 40-something years, this has been a right that women have just been afforded and they never really had to think about it,” Nunes told Al Jazeera. “Now for the first time in a very long time, we are seeing this right being taken away.”

Women’s advocacy groups including NOW, PFAW, the Women’s March Network, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and others are fighting back. “There is a huge coalition that is coming forward to really look at, how do we protect these rights on multiple different levels,” Nunes said.