By now, you must know that an early draft of the majority opinion of the Supreme Court deciding the Dobbs v. Jackson case, which would overturn Roe and Casey, was leaked to Politico. The reaction from abortion supporters has been filled with anger and even some misstatements.
To be clear, this discussion among the justices is not final. But even if it is, abortion will not be ended in the U.S. Unborn babies will still not have the right to life enshrined in our Constitution. The debate will move to the states. Many already have trigger laws that will restrict or ban abortion as soon as Roe is formally overturned.
Our goal, as we have said for three decades, is to make abortion unthinkable. And for us, it means helping women achieve what they really deserve: practical resources and support to support nonviolent choices.
Angry voices are masking so much pain. Efforts by big corporations to pay employees to travel to “abortion destination states” will only create a new generation of women who mourn or mask their pain.
And using poor women and women of color to defend abortion is unacceptable. Nothing is more racist than abortion. Their children are just as precious as any other.
Economic justice does not come from women laying their bodies down for brutal procedures or taking a series of poisonous pills to accommodate unsupportive administrators, bosses, or partners.
To end the feminization of poverty, we must accelerate our efforts to support women in schools and the workplace and to help bring fathers back into the picture.
If we do not focus on this, women and children will lose, and we aren’t going to stand by and let that happen.
Let’s keep our eyes on the prize: better choices through better resources and support.
Because women — and girls — deserve better,
Serrin M. Foster
Feminists for Life of America
Women Deserve Better
& The American Feminist