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Reproductive Justice

Learn about and advocate for reproductive justice for all.

USOW believes that everyone should have complete autonomy to decide what is best for their own body, livelihood, and future. Abortion is an essential part of reproductive justice which includes gender-affirming healthcare, contraception, assisted reproductive services, HIV care, pregnancy care, parenting resources, and more. 

Attacks on reproductive justice are inextricably linked to white supremacy. There is a long history of the ways that reproductive freedom has been denied to women. There is also an important history of the ways that women, led by Black women, have built movements to liberate themselves and reclaim their bodily autonomy. Access to safe and legal abortion for pregnant people is essential for true gender and racial justice.

 ABORTION RIGHTS 

Nearly one in four women in the United States will have an abortion by the age of 45. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right. 

Still, every day state governments are working to pass restrictive abortion laws and trying to overturn Roe v. Wade; This is dangerous for everyone.

  • Before Roe v. Wade, illegal abortions caused at least 1 in 6 pregnancy-related deaths.
  • Restrictions on accessible abortion disproportionately harm Black Indigenous, and Latinx people, immigrants, low-income people, and LGBTQ people.
  • In just the past 10 years, lawmakers all across the country have passed more than 566 unnecessary restrictions on abortion. These lawmakers are infringing upon people’s decisions over their own bodies.
  • This year, over 561 abortion restrictions, including 165 abortion bans, have been introduced across 47 states.  

TEXAS S.B. 8

On September 1, 2021, S.B. 8 went into effect in Texas, making it the nation’s harshest, most extreme abortion restriction law. 

S.B. 8 bans abortions in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy — before many people even know they are pregnant. It also gives unprecedented power to private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps someone access an abortion for a potential reward of at least $10,000. This means that anyone can sue physicians, clinics, aid groups, or even someone who gave a ride to an abortion appointment. 

DOBBS v. JACKSON

On December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is a case about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the last remaining abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi.

In December 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Mississippi’s abortion ban as unconstitutional and in favor of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. However, Mississippi filed an appeal of this ruling to the Supreme Court, which the Court eventually agreed to hear on December 1, 2021. Thus, this will be the first time the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban since Roe v. Wade. 

OHIO H.B. 480

Introduced on November 2, 2021, Ohio House Bill 480 seeks to replicate Texas S.B. 8’s extreme abortion restrictions. Like Texas S.B. 8, H.B. 480 would allow anyone to sue abortion providers and individuals helping someone access abortion care for a bounty of at least $10,000. 

But H.B. 480 goes even further than Texas’s law by banning abortions at any stage of pregnancy.

If you live in Ohio, you can take action by emailing your representatives to demand they stop H.B. 480

Take Action

Mississippi Abortion Freedom Fighters Day of Action

On Dec. 1st, join the Abortion Freedom Fighters for a rally in Jackson, MI. Sponsored by SHERo, Mississippi in Action, Planned Parenthood Southeast, and the Mississippi Abortion Access Coalition, these events are dedicated to giving Mississippians opportunities to make their voices heard in the wake of oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

#AbortionIsEssential Rally

On Dec. 1st, the Center for Reproductive Rights, in collaboration with the National Abortion Access Coalition, will host a rally at the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC to demonstrate support for abortion rights. Make your voice heard with activists around the country by showing up for Jackson Women’s Health Organization and Mississippi.

Make an Impact

Here is a growing list of steps you can take to protect abortion rights for people across the country. 

Keep Learning

Here are some resources to learn more about Reproductive Justice.