If the attack on LGBTQ+ rights weren’t enough…On May 2nd a 98-page majority draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico on the Supreme Courts’ intention to overrule Roe v Wade. This decision upsets a 50-year precedent guaranteeing the right to safe and legal abortion. Or as we like to think of it, reproductive healthcare.
If you take the time to read the draft you’ll find 118 footnotes as well as an appendix citing numerous abortion cases. It is Alito’s opinion that upholding Roe was and continues to be an egregious error with far damaging consequences.
Half of the United States is poised and ready to enact draconian laws either banning abortion altogether or making it near impossible to gain access even in cases of incest and rape. Yes, you read that correctly, even in cases of incest and rape.
The majority of the public thinks of this as a “woman’s issue.” It’s so much more than that. It’s a trans issue. It’s a nonbinary issue. It’s a people issue. It is literally impossible to not know someone who’s had an abortion. Just because they haven’t told you doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Look around at your friends, family, and colleagues and see if you can spot them. We’re guessing you can’t but even if you could? Are you prepared to judge them?
Do you know what happens to unwanted and underserved children? Bad things happen. People don’t rob, stab, and con because they have an abundance of the things they need. No, that comes out of desperation. Do you think crime went up or down after abortion became legal in the early 70s? If you guessed down give yourself a pat on the back and a cookie. It may surprise you to find out how much it went down.
According to a study at Stanford Law in 2001, it was considerable. “We estimate that overall crime fell 17.5% from 1998 to 2014 due to legalized abortion— a decline of 1% per year. From 1991 to 2014, the violent and property crime rates each fell by 50%. Legalized abortion is estimated to have reduced violent crime by 47% and property crime by 33% over this period, and thus can explain most of the observed crime decline.”
What You Can Do
On Saturday, May 14th people of every variety turned out to protest in Armory Park. Senator Raul Grijalva and Mayor Regina Romero spoke to the crowd about reproductive justice and the need to fight back. If you were unable to attend a march or rally you can still write, call, and email your representatives. We are stronger together and our voices will be heard!