Breaking news from Friday: the Supreme Court paused abortion pill restrictions from taking effect during appeal, preserving the status-quo of availability of mifepristone, while Florida and North Carolina enacted abortion bans. The legal battle over mifepristone continues in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, May 17 in New Orleans.
Sunsara Taylor, a co-initiator of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and host of the RNL – Revolution, Nothing Less – Show on Youtube, said, “In the short-term this means that there will be no change to women’s access to the most common form of safe, legal abortion in the country. However, this is only temporary and it is not the end to the threat facing women’s fundamental right to abortion.
Both Judge Kacsmaryk and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals approved restrictions to mifepristone on the basis of arcane laws that could be utilized in the future to ban abortion nationwide in all circumstances. Everyone who cares about women and girls should take to the streets to raise our voices and our fury to declare:
Fascist Judges Hands Off Abortion Access!
Legal Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
Forced Motherhood Is Female Enslavement!“
Merle Hoffman, Co-Initiator of RiseUp4AbortionRights.org and Founder/CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center said, “Judge Kacsmaryk and his theocratic 19th-century rulings must be relegated to the dustbins of history. Women and girls are living in the URGENCY OF NOW. Physicians have been weaponized by the State to act as the Handmaids of oppression. Make no mistake, ‘fetal personhood’ with constitutional rights is the ultimate goal of the anti-abortion movement.
While right-wing officials debate when a fetal heartbeat can be heard, there is no doubt that living women and girls have beating hearts. Currently, 23 million women in this country have absolutely no access to legal safe abortion. Will we add exponentially to that number of casualties as we wait for yet another election? Or will we answer the call of science, reason, compassion, human rights and justice? I call on all people of conscience to resist this metastasis of misogynistic moral panic and act.”
As RiseUp4AbortionRights said in our founding statement: “The violent subjugation of half of society must not be accommodated, excused, downplayed, or surrendered to. IT MUST BE STOPPED!”
Our power is in the streets! Continue to act with us, and raise the green bandana for abortion rights popularized by the courageous women of Latin America.