Reproductive Justice Action Team

State laws are taking away our freedom of choice and Roe vs. Wade is fragile. Our team fights to maintain and further our reproductive rights and freedoms.


Welcome to our Reproductive Justice Blog space. This is the place to learn more about this important topic and actions we can all take in the continuing battle to promote access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion for all women.

Initiatives:
Click here for Reproductive Justice action team resources 

Anti-Choice Laws and Jurisprudence

Information on Roe v. Wade

 

Team Leader: Salli Swartz
Contact: [email protected]

 


Writing to your Governor Doesn’t Have to be Imaginary

An imaginary letter my sister writes to Governors Ron De Santis, Florida; Brian Kemp, Georgia;  John Bel Edwards, Louisiana;  Tate Reeves, Mississippi;  Greg Abbott, Texas:

Dear Governor De Santis, etc.

I wonder if you can imagine yourself pregnant.  I don't know, look down at your stomach and imagine it pregnant.  Maybe you feel a little nauseous in the mornings, and then a lot nauseous during the day for a couple of weeks, maybe more.  Maybe your back hurts.  Maybe your feet.  Can you imagine this for 9 months?

You can't button your pants any more, and you certainly can't afford to buy new ones, especially since they'll only be needed at that size for 9 months.

Of course you still have to go to work.  Maybe you have a child or two.  Money is tight already, but you can't get an abortion because it's against the law, and no one will help you because that's also against the law.

So you have the baby. Where is the well-baby clinic? and is it free?  What will you do with the baby when you go to work?  Is there affordable day care nearby? Can you take her with you?  

Where is the outcry to feed and care for the born child as loud as that for the unborn?

You're still working, and paying taxes to a state that won't allow you to have autonomy over your own body and your own life.

Dear Governor, Can you imagine yourself in this situation?  Please use your good sense, and support Roe v Wade and the humane solution to this debate.

Sincerely,

Janet


May 7- 14 Week of Action Schedule+ Social Media

STOP the Supreme Court from Taking Away Abortion Rights!

May 7- 14 Week of Action Schedule+ Social Media

Suggested plans for action

5/7

Saturday May 7: PROTEST!

Find Emergency protests wherever you are. Send people to our website, and spread our main slogan and demand:

STOP THE SUPREME COURT FROM TAKING AWAY ABORTION RIGHTS!

ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!

5/8

Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day): Actions Outside of Churches

Host non – violent protests outside of prominent churches- the ones like where Amy Coney Barrett are a part of in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in. MORE INFO COMING SOON. 

Atlanta: Sunday, May 8th, 10:00 AM: Mother’s Day Action: When Abortion is Illegal, Women Die! Die-in at Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305. DM @RefuseFascismATL

Bay Area: No Forced Motherhood Procession, 2 pm @ Allston & MLK at the book festival see post here

Chicago: details tba 

NYC: 2:00 pm RBG Municipal Building Brooklyn People’s Mother’s day March

SEATTLE: 5:30 pm @ St. James Cathedral (E. Madison St. & Broadway) see post

Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day): Social Media Videos

Mothers! Post videos around one or all of these themes and hashtag #MothersDay & #RiseUp4AbortionRights

-Motherhood should be a choice, not forced by the church or the state.

-Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement!

-Protect Motherhood- Support Abortion Rights!

Monday May 9: Chalk Your Town!

Grab some chalk (green if you have it!) and write messages all over your town! These could look like:

Only you can protect abortion rights

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

Stop the Supreme Court from Taking Away the Right to Abortion

Protect the right to abortion – take to the streets May 14th!

@Rise4AbortionRights

#Green4Abortion #RiseUp4AbortionRights

Don’t forget to tag @Rise4AbortionRights in your photos!

Monday May 9: Get up Posters!

Print posters off our website to spread the word about the week of action and specifically about the United Mass Protests on Saturday May 14. Materials coming soon. DM us on social media or send us an email to volunteer to help design!

Tuesday May 10th: Green-Out, Art installations, or Murals

Grab any pieces of green fabric you can find or head over to your local fabric store and get a large piece of green fabric and paint the town green! Cover the major statue or landmarks in your town with green and hang flyers with information about the movement around the area. Materials will soon be available on our materials page.

Are you a painter or have painter/ muralist friends? Reach out, send them this website and ask them to contribute art in their city on this day! 

One more idea is grafitti artists and stencils all over big cities, DM us with ideas, or just go for it! Tag us in your posts. 

Wednesday May 11th: Mass Banner Drops

Get some friends together, grab a piece of fabric (at least 5 feet x 5 feet)  write a slogan on it and drape it over a freeway overpass or in another busy part of your town! It’s that easy. You can make multiple to hang over several overpasses in town to make even more of an impact!

 

Slogans:

Only you can protect abortion rights

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

Stop the Supreme Court from Taking Away the Right to Abortion

Protect the right to abortion – take to the streets May 14th!

www.RiseUp4AbortionRights.org

#Green4Abortion

#RiseUp4AbortionRights

Thursday May 12th: National Student Walk-Out

Our student groups have been organizing their peers to walk out of class in support of abrtion rights! Whether you are in high school or college, you and your class mates can choose an agreed upon time to collectively leave class. Be sure to mention why you are doing so when you leave. For an added bonus, meet up together in the quad and hold an impromptu rally or discussion surrounding the abortion rights emergency and what can be done about it. More info on the student week of action coming soon. 

5/13

Friday May 13th: Nationwide Die-Ins

This form of street theater dramatizes the grim realities of what happens when abortion is not easily accessible or legal – women die. Pick a populated place where you are, make an announcement of what you are doing, and have people lay on the ground while one person while one person explains the symbolism. It can look like this:

“ The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe vs Wade! Only the people can stop this!” *People fall to the ground* “ Abortion bans do not end abortions, they only end safe abortions! When abortion is not made easily available, people are forced to take matters into their own hands, and out of desperation take drastic steps like drinking rat poison, throwing themselves down the stairs or using a coathanger to induce their own abortions. We cannot allow this! We MUST defend this right! Join us in the streets May 14th!” For an example of what this looks like, click here.

5/14

Saturday May 14th: Nationwide Mass Protests

Wherever you are, however many you can assemble – GET OUT INTO THE STREETS! Join a march near you that is put on by Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights or join another organizations march on this day- many groups will have them going on!

 

NYC Flagship Protest: 2 pm Union Sq. (14th St.)

Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Protests Currently Called for 29 Cities 

Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Biloxi, MS; Boston, MA; Chattanooga, TN; Cheyenne, WY; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; Frankfurt, KY; Hartford, CT; Honolulu, HI; Las Cruces, NM; Nashville, TN; Newark, DE; New York, NY; Palm Desert, CA; Oklahoma City, OK;  Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Orono, ME; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; Venice, CA; Worcester,

 


ACTIONS TO SAFEGUARD ROE

 

Mourn but DO SOMETHING!

 

Senator Schumer has announced that he is bringing the Women’s Health Protection Act to a vote in the Senate on May 11th

Please email and call your Senators to support a YES vote. You can find their contact info here: www.senate.gov.

GET THIS MESSAGE OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

 

And join the Reproductive Justice team at [email protected].

 

 


For once a reprieve (temporary) from bad news

The Kentucky law, which was the worst ever anti-choice law promulgated YET, has been stopped by the Kentucky Courts.

Here is the latest from the Hill.

Please join us in fighting against State legislation that takes away our RIGHTS to choose. Send me an email at [email protected].

Salli

Federal judge halts Kentucky’s restrictive new abortion law

by John Kruzel - 04/21/22 4:14 PM ET

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FILE – Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky., as Kentucky lawmakers debate overriding the governor’s veto of an abortion measure. Frustration is building among abortion-rights groups in Kentucky, where a restrictive new law has thrown the state’s only two remaining clinics into limbo. For women seeking abortions, it means traveling elsewhere or waiting for a judge to rule on requests to block the law. AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a restrictive new abortion law in Kentucky, handing a win to abortion providers challenging the measure.

In a 21-page ruling, Louisville-based U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings, a Trump appointee, sided with Planned Parenthood’s request to block Kentucky officials from enforcing the sweeping new law, which providers say essentially eliminates all abortion services in the state.

It took effect after the state’s GOP-held legislature overrode a veto from the Democratic governor.

The judge scheduled her temporary order to expire in two weeks, absent new developments in the litigation, and said she expects to hold a hearing during that timeframe.

The Kentucky law, known as H.B. 3, created dozens of new requirements for abortion providers, including regulations on medical abortion, additional patient reporting requirements, and provisions dealing with the cremation or interment of fetal remains. 

Planned Parenthood, in a legal challenge filed last week, argued that the law amounted to “a de facto ban on all forms of legal abortion” by imposing strict requirements that make it too challenging to perform the procedure.

What’s more, they argued, because the law was rushed into taking effect before Kentucky officials put key procedural requirements in place, it would be impossible for abortion providers to comply with the law at the present time.

Jennings appeared receptive to that argument. 

“If Plaintiff cannot comply with HB3 and must cease providing certain medical services until the Cabinet promulgates a means of compliance, then this disruption to medical services will no doubt interrupt the continuity of care for Plaintiff’s patients,” she wrote. “As a result, a temporary restraining order serves public policy.”

The judge also said the law, in its current state, likely violated longstanding Supreme Court precedent recognizing a woman’s right to abortion access prior to fetal viability, around 24 weeks.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) veto of the bill earlier this month was overridden last week by the Republican-controlled Kentucky House and Senate.


OUR WORST NIGHTMARE HAS BECOME REAL

In the leaked draft of the opinion on Dobbs, the Mississippi case, the  Supreme Court indicated its firm decision that the Courts have no business deciding what is characterized as a “moral” decision.

The draft calls both Roe and Casey grievously wrongly decided.

If the draft stands and is issued as drafted, there is no longer a right to privacy under the Constitution and 50 years of protection of women but also of gay marriage and other LBGTQ+ rights will no longer be federally protected.

The fights are now in the States.

Join our Reproductive Justice Action Group and help us fight. Write to us at [email protected].

Here is what Slate published. It accurately sums up the situation.

“If the Supreme Court indeed strikes down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey this June, as the draft opinion leaked to and published by Politico tonight suggests it will, years of conventional wisdom about the court and its concerns for its own legitimacy will be proved wrong. Every single court watcher who spoke in terms of baby steps, incrementalism, or “chipping away” at one of the most vitally important precedents in modern history will have been wrong. Those who suggested the court would never do something so huge and so polarizing just before the November midterms will have been wrong. And the people who assured us that Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett were moderate centrists who cared deeply about the appearance of a nonideological and thoughtful court—well, yeah. They will have been wrong too.

If this draft opinion becomes a precedent for the court, the results will be catastrophic for women, particularly for women in the states that will immediately make abortion unlawful, and in those places, particularly for young women, poor women, and Black and brown women who will not have the time, resources, or ability to travel out of state. The court’s staggering lack of regard for its own legitimacy is exceeded only by its vicious disregard for the real consequences for real pregnant people who are 14 times more likely to die in childbirth than from terminating a pregnancy. The Mississippi law—the law this opinion is upholding—has no exception for rape or incest. We will immediately see a raft of bans that give rights to fathers, including sexual assailants, and punish with evermore cruelty and violence women who miscarry or do harm to their fetuses. The days of pretending that women’s health and safety were of paramount concern are over.”

And here is an excerpt from Ms Magazine recently published:

Szal, R. (2022, May 3). ‘This Is An Emergency’: America Left Reeling in Wake of Likely Roe v. Wade Reversal. MS Magzine. Retrieved May 4, 2022, from https://msmagazine.com/2022/05/03/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-roe-v-wade-dobbs-v-jackson-leak/.

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PITY OUR SISTERS WHO LIVE IN OKLAHOMA

READ THE NEW OKLAHOMA LAW

  1. The terms “abortion” and “unborn child” shall have the same
    meaning as provided by Section 1-730 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma
    Statutes; ...
  2. “Medical emergency” means a condition which cannot be
    remedied by delivery of the child in which an abortion is necessary
    to preserve the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by
    a physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury including a
    life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the
    pregnancy itself.

B. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person
shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except
to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.

2. A person convicted of performing or attempting to perform an
abortion shall be guilty of a felony punishable by a fine not to
exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), or by confinement
in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not to
exceed ten (10) years, or by such fine and imprisonment.

3. This section does not:

a. authorize the charging or conviction of a woman with
any criminal offense in the death of her own unborn
child, or
b. prohibit the sale, use, prescription or administration
of a contraceptive measure, drug or chemical if the
contraceptive measure, drug or chemical is
administered before the time when a pregnancy could be
determined through conventional medical testing and if
the contraceptive measure, drug or chemical is sold,
used, prescribed or administered in accordance with
manufacturer instructions.

4. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
section if a licensed physician provides medical treatment to a
pregnant woman which results in the accidental or unintentional
injury or death to the unborn child.


Preparing for the end of Roe

"For many Americans, Roe already feels meaningless. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties lack a clinic that offers abortions." Read in the Atlantic

Illegal abortions in the form of DIY kits. This is what the future of reproductive health looks like if we don't have the protections in place to provide safe methods for abortion.

Join the DA GWC Reproductive Justice team: send an email to:

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THIS IS WHAT ILLEGAL ABORTION LOOKS LIKE

IF WE DO NOTHING, WE WILL ALL HAVE TO RESORT TO USING THIS METHOD!

 

 

Read this article from the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/05/roe-v-wade-overturn-abortion-rights/629366/


More (Bad) News

MORE (BAD)  NEWS

See this video re a Kentucky anti-choice bill coming from a women doctor and Kentucky State senator:

https://twitter.com/karenforky/status/1505243184263225356?s=20&t=DsWMoXLlFvN3DfqQA46DYQ


Fight for our rights!!!