Right now, America is at multiple turning points in history. The possible overturning of Roe v. Wade would set women’s rights back generations. At the same time, billionaires are attempting to colonize Mars to escape the environmental crisis and, of course, claim another planet as their property.
While women’s reproductive rights and the environmental crisis are seemingly separate, the issues are closely connected by sexism that maintains personal and political power for men by waging war on women’s freedoms and bodies.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, many states will ban abortion or set limits so restrictive that it would be nearly impossible for women seeking abortion services in conservative-led states.
Because discussions around abortion remain politically divisive, the conversations often pivot to the usual talking points; there is far more support from Democrats to protect women’s reproductive rights while the majority of Republicans continue to oppose a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
Civil discourse around abortion is difficult because abortion is both a trigger word and a “stop” word. It triggers anti-choice advocates into believing that selfish and irresponsible women are terminating life without a second thought. There is less consideration for women who have been raped and pregnancy-related death could rise by at least 20%. And regardless of personal stance on the issue, abortion is a word that stops a conversation in its tracks without acknowledging the nuances that make abortion just one piece of a much bigger puzzle.
Limited rights to abortion are compounded with more restricted access to birth control, sexual education, critical ob-gyn services, and resources to help protect women against sexual violence. Ironically, these critical healthcare services that would be denied to countless women, and especially women from lower-income households, could serve as preventative measures to abortion.
Who leaked the Supreme Court document that clued America into the possible Roe v. Wade overturning and the commentary from politicians at odds about abortion shouldn’t matter as much as the fundamental problem of men leading anti-abortion efforts. With the exception of…