In “The New Landscape of the Abortion Fight,” the New York Times reports on the continuing fight for abortion rights in the U.S. in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. According to the article, measures to protect abortion rights, such as ballot initiatives, have gained traction in recent months, and abortion rights organizations have filed 34 lawsuits in 19 states in an effort to enshrine reproductive rights in state constitutions.
Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, was quoted in the article, saying that litigation would continue by necessity. She went on to say that the success of the ballot initiatives in California, Michigan and Vermont establishing a right to abortion was “huge, as a substantive law issue” that would influence other state legislatures.
“We’re done with the conversation that went on for 50 years about whether Roe was rightly decided, about whether there’s a right to privacy,” she said, citing the amendment in Michigan which defines a right to reproductive freedom, “including the right to make all decisions about pregnancy and abortion.”
“People living in these states are going to be used to the concept of reproductive freedom in their state law that nobody can argue with, because the language is there,” Northup said. “This now sets the new standard, and advocates and people who support reproductive autonomy in other states are going to say, ‘Well, why not my constitution?’”
Read the article here:
- “The New Landscape of the Abortion Fight,” The New York Times, 12.10.22