THE BODY POLITICS OF OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE
“I do” still want Roe v. Wade1)1973. 410 U.S. 113. overturned, said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in an interview with CNN – a decision that would deprive a woman a large degree of individual and social control of her body. Women like Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (the first African-American woman surgeon in the South) and a Tennessee state assemblywoman, sought to alleviate the oppressive effects of institutional and interpersonal power for women denied rights to control their own bodies. It was here in 1967, they introduced a bill to fully legalize abortion.2)Impact of Roe v. Wade on Black Community an Ongoing Debate available here. Now, with the practices and policies through which Trumpian powers seek to regulate American body and choice – a woman’s right to terminate is once again, the political battleground of abortion debates.3) Encylopedia of Race and Racism, Racial Body Politics at pg. 229; Ginsburg, Faye. 1998. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.
“Body politics” covers the power of the government to control female bodies but female resistance and protest against governmental regulation of that control is well supported in the argument that the right of privacy exists in the Constitution 4)often attributed to the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments and “is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy”. 5)Section VIII
It is well known that right-wing conservatives fought to limit reproductive rights through law in Roe v. Wade’s wake. For instance, between 1996 and 2004, 335 new state laws were created to restrict access to abortion services. Access to abortion was limited by income (the prohibition on Medicaid funding for abortions) and age (parental consent laws instituted at the state level). Other obstacles to access were also created in many U.S. states, such as waiting periods mandated between the time of the consultation and the procedure. As a result of one of many obstacles, young women like Rosie Jiménez, whose death was the result of lack of access to licensed providers and severely restricted public funding for abortions, 6)Hyde Amendment (passed by the U.S. Congress in 1976.the freedom to make the best life decision in compromising moments remains at stake. Women would again, succumb to unsafe self-inducing abortions and back-alley abortion methods to compensate for another Constitutional right loss stripped away in the totalitarian regime of #MAGA. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control echoes this harrowing truth, showing 39 deaths from illegal abortion in the United States. 7)Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sept. 4, 1992, Volume 41), Table 15. This number would increase if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Nearly half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended, and 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. In fact, 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion.8)Orlando Women’s Center, Abortion Facts Around the World available here. Aside from the hard facts presented, it behooves you to know that the Trump Administration is not at all concerned with the welfare of women. If it was, it wouldn’t conceal the simple fact that risk associated with abortion is minimal. Less than 0.3% of abortion patients experience a complication that requires hospitalization. Abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long-term risk of problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or birth defect, and little or no risk of preterm or low-birth-weight deliveries. Following exhaustive reviews, the U.S. and British governments have concluded that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer. There is also no indication that abortion is a risk factor for other cancers.
Despite these facts, Trump continues to play politics with the integrity of a woman’s body by filling his administration with religious and conservative alt-right groups who will stop at nothing to organize opposition and rid women of the freedom to choose.
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|1.||↑||1973. 410 U.S. 113.|
|2.||↑||Impact of Roe v. Wade on Black Community an Ongoing Debate available here.|
|3.||↑||Encylopedia of Race and Racism, Racial Body Politics at pg. 229; Ginsburg, Faye. 1998. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.|
|4.||↑||often attributed to the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments|
|6.||↑||Hyde Amendment (passed by the U.S. Congress in 1976.|
|7.||↑||Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sept. 4, 1992, Volume 41), Table 15.|
|8.||↑||Orlando Women’s Center, Abortion Facts Around the World available here.|