The Supreme Court has Overturned Roe v. Wade
Earlier this year, a leak of a draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade hit the internet like a bombshell stunning abortion rights activists everywhere as well as government officials. This morning, it’s official. The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and strip women and people with uteruses of their reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.
The ruling has put an end to a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and is now giving each state the ability to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. And if recent history is any indicator, putting women’s reproductive rights in the state’s hands doesn’t end well for those seeking agency over decisions that have to do with their bodies.
Abortion Rights Recent History
In just a three-month period of time back in 2019, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Ohio all passed laws that threaten women’s reproductive rights by severely restricting access to abortion.
In some cases, these anti-choice laws make it illegal to get an abortion after just six weeks of gestation, a time frame in which most women don’t yet know that they are pregnant. Alabama’s law bans abortion in almost all cases—even those that include rape and incest. The law also carries up to a 99-year sentence for doctors who perform abortions.
The real fight for women’s reproductive rights
Every woman and person with a uterus regardless of race or ethnicity, immigration status, religion, or socioeconomic status must have the right to make fully informed decisions that pertain to her body, especially when it comes to pregnancy and fertility. To be truly free and equal, the control of a woman’s body and what happens to it (and inside of it) must be left up to her.
It’s more important now than ever that we fight for all women and individuals with uteruses reproductive rights.
If you find yourself in the midst of a debate over women’s reproductive rights, or you just need a little fuel for your fire (don’t let it be snuffed), I’ve pulled together some powerful quotes about women’s reproductive rights by some of my favorite feminists.
Keep fighting the good fight! With Roe v. Wade officially struck down in the U.S and increasing anti-choice laws across the states, it is more important now than it has ever been before that we stand together and fight for what is rightfully ours: complete control over our reproductive rights.
20 quotes about women’s reproductive rights
- “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.” ― Margaret Sanger
- “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- “Defending women’s health means defending access to abortion — not just in theory, but in reality. We know that restricting access doesn’t make women less likely to end a pregnancy. It just makes abortion less safe. And that then threatens women’s lives.” –Hillary Clinton
- “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
- “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” — Kofi Annan
- “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton
- “Reproductive freedom is not just the ability not to have a child through birth control. It’s the ability to have one if and when you want.” ― Pamela Madsen
- “Listen to the pregnant woman. Value her. She values the life growing inside her. Listen to the pregnant woman, and you cannot help but defend her right to abortion.” — Ayelet Waldman
- “Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.” ― Faye Wattleton
- “It is unthinkable to allow complete strangers, whether individually or collectively as state legislators or others in government, to make such personal decisions for someone else.” ― Sarah Weddington
- “I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” ― Roxane Gay
- No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg. —Frederica Mathewes-Green
- Seventy-seven percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100% of them will never be pregnant.—Planned Parenthood advertisement
- Against abortion? Don’t have one. —Anonymous
- If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. —Florynce Kennedy
- Decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back-alley abortions. Or, they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse. So when the Republican Party launched an all-out assault on women’s health, pushing bills to limit access to vital services, we had to ask: Why is the GOP trying to send women back…to the back alley? —Lisa Edelstein
- You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion. —Hillary Clinton
- What is this ban on abortion—it is a survival of the veiled face, of the barred window and the locked door, burning, branding, mutilation, stoning, of all the grip of ownership and superstition come down on woman, thousands of years ago. —Stella Brown
- I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that center on the sanctity of life. As a species we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred. —Caitlin Moran
- I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue. —Alan K. Simpson