This week I decided to do something a little different, instead of a current event in reproductive justice I chose to write about a long form piece related to this issue. Author Margaret Talbot recently wrote a piece for The New Yorker called “Why It’s Become So Hard to Get an Abortion.”
Laws to restrict abortion have been proposed and passed sine Roe v. Wade made it legal in 1973.
In the piece, she talks about current abortion policies, the Trump campaign and the new book “About Abortion” by Carol Sanger. She addresses the evolution of some laws and the stigma surrounding abortion. Overall, I found the piece really informative and interesting to read.
I think it is important for people wanting to know what is going on in the world of reproductive justice to keep updated on pieces like this. It provides important history and ties it to current events.
Texas State Capitol Building
On Monday two different pro-life bills made it through the Texas Senate.
The first, Senate Bill 25, is designed to prevent doctors from encouraging abortions. The bill passed 21-9. Those against the bill said it would encourage doctors to withhold information about potential disabilities in the fetus.
The second, Senate Bill 415, bans “dilation and evacuation” abortions. This bill also passed 21-9. This is the most common type of second trimester procedure. Supporters say this will end barbaric abortions.
These bills are expected in the Texas legislative session, this is a state that has been trying to ban abortion as long as it has been practiced. I think it is harder recently for lawmakers though because of the pushback they are getting from pro-choice groups. While Texas will never stop trying to end abortion, it might see more difficulty.
On March 2 the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden hosted a summit to strengthen the “She Decides” funding initiative. This initiative is designed to help those hurt by President Trump’s “Global Gag Rule.”
The rule strips foreign, governmental organizations from receiving any U.S. health funding if they use funds from any source to provide information about abortions, perform abortions or advocate liberalizing U.S. abortion laws.
The new initiative by the Human Rights Watch would help provide funding to those countries affected by the gage rule.