By Katya Derevo
In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Roe v. Wade that the right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a person’s decision to have an abortion. It was a monumental victory for proponents of reproductive rights, paving the way for people to have an abortion early in pregnancy without having to justify their reasons to the state.
The plaintiff in the case, “Jane Roe,” was an unmarried woman who became pregnant in 1970 and wished to terminate the pregnancy. Under the law in Texas, where she lived, it was a felony to abort a fetus unless “on medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.” She filed a suit against the district attorney in her county, arguing that the abortion ban violated the guarantee of personal liberty and the right to privacy implicitly guaranteed in the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and 14th Amendments.
There had been other significant court cases that dealt with abortion in the United States in the years leading up to Roe. One included People v. Belous in 1969, which struck down an anti-abortion law in California and placed doctors at the center of the abortion debate instead of lawmakers. Another was Doe v. Scott in 1971, which declared Illinois’ anti-abortion law unconstitutional. Cases like these helped pave the way for what would become the most important decision in the fight for reproductive rights.
Ultimately, the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade wasn’t just a win for Texas residents; it overruled all state laws that prohibited first trimester abortions.
Abortion at the time was a controversial topic and the decision made in the Roe case galvanized anti-abortion activists into extremists willing to resort to anything, including terrorism, to fight against reproductive rights. Forty-six years later, the United States is still divided on the topic of abortion. In more recent years, there has been a surge of anti-abortion legislation, aimed at restricting bodily autonomy under the guise of “protecting children,” but at its core, the goal of the anti-abortion movement is gender oppression and keeping people in a cycle of poverty. It’s never really been about protecting “life….”
In recent months, anti-abortion legislation around the United States is threatening the right to reproductive health for many. Republicans are hoping that these legislative measures will push the issue of abortion back into the Supreme Court. | Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Join us on the ground floor of the UWM Union outside of the Union Station convenience store from 5:30pm until 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 28th to help us send Chrystul some love and support by sending a card or letter!
We’ll have writing supplies, paper and envelopes, but please feel free to bring your own cards–just remember no glitter, tape, crayon, or stickers are allowed by WIDOC unfortunately.
Event is free, all ages are welcome and venue is wheelchair accessible!
We will be meeting at UWM Union on the ground floor (this is one floor below the first floor – and one floor above the basement.) The address is 2200 E Kenwood Blvd. The ground floor is accessible from the Maryland Ave and Kenwood entrances. There are a bunch of tables set up outside of a convenience store with a glass front called Union Station – we will gather there. There is parking in a garage on Kenwood. The GoldLine, RedLine, and the 30 will get you close to the Union (other lines run there but not on Sundays)
Target: UW–Madison Chancellor Blank, Provost Mangelsdorf, Vice Chancellor Heller, and Dean Karpus
12 NOON, State Capitol
On May 24th, students and allies across the globe will once again strike from school to demand climate justice. We will be working with local Madison artist TetraPakman to create a social demonstration inside the Capitol rotunda. By using up cycled plastic bags to make a sculpture we will be highlighting Wisconsin’s unnecessary dependence on single use plastic and demanding change.
·We demand Governor Evers, counties, and municipalities declare a climate emergency for the future of the planet and the State of Wisconsin.
·We demand clean water for every community in the state of Wisconsin regardless of socioeconomic status and demand the protection of Wisconsin water systems, including honoring treaty rights.
·We demand the quality of our air to be protected and prioritized by the state of Wisconsin.
·We demand our public lands and soil be protected from pollutants that can destroy its ability to harbor crops and demand all public lands to be accessible to humans.
·We demand that the state prioritize the transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables to both save tax dollars and protect our environment from global warming.
·We demand our agricultural systems are built to last for future growing seasons and ensuring a supportive transition from factory farms (CAFOs) to small and family farms.
·We demand that marginalized communities have access to resources for them to lead a greener lifestyle and refocusing the issue of climate change around marginalized voices.
·We demand that our school systems reflect the sustainable future we need for our youth and demand school boards combat wastefulness in schools.
·We demand the state prioritize the reduction of carbon emissions to slow global warming and to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030.
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517 E Wisconsin Avenue, 12 NOON
Milwaukee-area students and allies: A strike is being planned in Milwaukee if you aren’t able to make the trip to Madison! Milwaukee Climate Strike!