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Why There Is No Progressive Agenda Without Abortion Access

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13.06.2022

Culture & Conversation Politics

Dec 8, 2021, 10:00am Jennifer Driver & Erin Matson

Part of being a true progressive means standing in solidarity with communities of color and firmly rejecting racist efforts to control bodies and lives.

The Supreme Court already gutted Roe v. Wade in Texas. Is the nation next? Join Jess and Imani on their weekly podcast as they help you make sense of the chaos.

For more on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, check out our special report.

It’s no secret that abortion rights are under attack from all sides in our country.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments a week ago in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that could overturn or gut Roe v. Wade and eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, whole cloth or for all practical purposes. At the same time, anti-abortion state legislators across the country are following Texas’ lead and proposing copycat legislation of that state’s six-week abortion ban and bounty hunter enforcement mechanism, which could eliminate access to abortion for millions more people even sooner.

Amid all these threats, it’s more important than ever to have champions for abortion access in state legislatures. But now we’re witnessing another troubling trend: Some lawmakers and advocacy groups that are pushing harmful legislation to restrict abortion are simultaneously seeking to claim the mantle of progressive values, falsely asserting that politicians can oppose abortion access while still being “progressive” on other issues.

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