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Sunday, May 08, 2022

Rebecca Traister: [A]s we teeter on the threshold of the post-Roe world, it's worth considering that the message that privileged women will be just fine is inaccurate and that its repetition, while well meaning, is counterproductive to the task of readying an unprepared public for massive and terrifying shifts on the horizon. It's worth pointing out that it is simply not true that the reproductive options of white, middle-class, and even wealthy people are going to remain the same. Because while circumstances will certainly be graver and more perilous for the already vulnerable, the reality is that everything is about to change, for everyone, in one way or another, and to muffle that alarm is an error, factually, practically, and politically.



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For the really rich, it is true: Traveling to get an abortion and evading prosecution will more or less be a cinch. But the chasm between really rich and everyone else gets deeper every day, and it is simply not true that a suburban white mom of three in Missouri or the teenage daughter of well-off Christian conservatives in Alabama will be in a position to get the abortion she needs when she needs it with ease and without risk to herself, her family, or the people willing to help her. Even crossing to another state to obtain an abortion may entail legal jeopardy as states consider various means to prohibit and criminalize abortion travel.

It's going to be a shock. Precisely because of racial and class disparities in every area of American life, white middle-class women are used to having certain kinds of systemic support: hospitals where they can feel cared for, responsive physicians. Those supports can no longer be taken for granted. To consider even the most cynical caricature of white middle-class womanhood, the Karens who are used to calling the manager when they have a complaint, the reality is going to be that, in many places, there will no longer be a manager to call. And if there is, he might report you to authorities. The choices that people, even people of means, make about how to end pregnancies are going to require calculations they have rarely had to do before: about their own risks of criminal prosecution and about state-enforced systems that are there not to work on their behalf but to limit and punish their choices.

And don't be fooled: While scrutiny will be sharpest on poor and Black and brown people, women and people with uteruses of every race are going to be questioned not only about their unintended pregnancies but about the miscarriages of their wanted pregnancies. In states where post-Roe trigger bans begin at conception, various forms of birth control--including IUDs--could be considered abortifacients, and there will be strenuous attempts to make them inaccessible or illegal. For similar reasons, people undergoing IVF treatments may find that their embryos have been granted rights they did not previously have.

Those who live in states with fewer restrictions, even in states that have wisely strengthened protections in recent years, will certainly have an easier time. But their circumstances will be changed too, by the influx of patients from other parts of the country. Wait times and, with them, pressures on viability limits will increase. Moreover, resting easy on the idea of a patchwork of safer states assumes Republicans will not find a way to enact a federal legislative ban. For years, I've been told that will never happen. For years, I'd also been told that Roe would never fall.

In time, abortion's illegality is going to affect everyone: you, your friends, your loved ones, your community, your kids, and your parents. It's going to affect you if you or someone you know wants an abortion, and it's frankly going to affect you even if you don't.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-05-08 06:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

An alternative view...

OpEd: Outrage over leaked Supreme Court draft exposes just how 'unhinged' Biden and the left have become

....Look what they have become, these self-righteous, sanctimonious Democrats who never stop lecturing everyone about defending our democracy. They have become what they say they despise. Desperate, divisive demagogues. Failing on the economy, failing on crime, failing at the border. So now they're flailing around for anything that could save their skins in November, no matter how much damage they do to the country in the process. It is the exact opposite of what they promised. ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-08 11:14 PM | Reply

Democrats aren't the ones set to establish draconian anti-abortion laws in at least a dozen states.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-05-08 11:26 PM | Reply


My comment on that OpEd is simple...

It seems to accuse Democrats of being divisive, when that is what the GOP actively has been doing. There's that projection thing again.

Indeed, the GOP political agenda has been to divide the Country.

(do I need to bring up the Four Pillars mess yet again?)

But that is my current view, that the GOP is striving to split the Country.

Will the South rise again?

Who knows.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-08 11:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats aren't the ones citing a 17th century misogynist as grounds for overturning Roe and Casey. Democrats aren't the ones lying under oath to Congress about stare decisis and settled law.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-05-08 11:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There is only one thing for women and men who oppose the end of Roe to do:. Vote all blue in 2022.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-05-08 11:41 PM | Reply


(and I do not say this lightly...)

I agree.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-08 11:50 PM | Reply

"But that is my current view, that the GOP is striving to split the Country."

It's right there in the name of their plan: Southern Strategy.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-09 12:16 AM | Reply

I'm sure that rich women will get caught up in this fascist repression at times. But rich women will be able to buy fascist lawyers and fascist politicians to help get them out of it.

We're going back to the Old Ways. Some of us remember those. The fascists will get what they want, superficially. Just beneath the surface, abortions will happen every day and people will lie about and conceal the behavior with utmost creativity and diligence.

It will be like what drug users (fascist and otherwise) have done about their behavior for the last three generations.

I imagine there will have to be an abortion Gestapo to ferret (and torture) the truth out of people.

I imagine that won't work, either.

Welcome to the fascist world of pain and oppression, of which this is merely Chapter One.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2022-05-09 08:12 AM | Reply

It seems to accuse Democrats of being divisive,

The first rule of GQP is to accuse your opponents of what you are doing.

Voter fraud.




Sex trafficking.

By calling the democrats divisive they seek to shame the democrats into capitulating to everything the GQP wants. Period.

Politics used to be about compromise and negotiation...not once the religious nuts got into power...they believe they are given instructions from GAWD and there can be no compromise or is all scorched earth politics now.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-05-09 10:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters Embraces National Abortion Ban
The Arizona Republican is being far more vocal than many GOP senators, who are trying to change the subject away from abortion.

Amanda Terkel
May. 9, 2022, 04:27 PM EDT

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-09 04:57 PM | Reply

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