In this interview with Symone Sanders on MSNBC, Center President and CEO Nancy Northup discusses the ongoing legal battles over reproductive rights in states across the U.S. Northup said she is “optimistic” that more states will increase their abortion rights protections in 2023.
“Let’s start with what an important priority it is for the movement to get rights back, to get the right to abortion care back, because women and pregnant people need to be able to make these decisions for themselves,” Northup said, explaining that state courts and ballot initiatives are both important mechanisms for restoring abortion rights. “We believe that state constitutions protect these fundamental rights to bodily autonomy, to making decisions about one’s body and one’s health care, as well as the issues of equality and liberty.”
Northup also encouraged viewers to pay attention to developments in both state and federal legislation and emphasized the importance of passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). “Ultimately, we’ve got to have one standard for the whole nation that guarantees access,” Northup said of the WHPA.
“No one should ever give up. No matter how conservative you think your state is, you need to let your legislatures know where you stand,” Northup added. “The public is with us on this issue and strongly supports access to abortion care. It’s important for people to look at what’s happening and not let new bans come into effect.”