Keeping Score: Supreme Court Attacks Abortion, Separation of Church and State, and Environmental Policy


In each subject of Ms., we observe analysis on our progress within the battle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and preserve tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Overlook

“Whereas the Supreme Courtroom could, due to the machinations of the one celebration, eviscerate Roe v. Wade, now isn’t the time to surrender. If federal protections crumble, these obtainable by means of state legal guidelines shall be much more essential. Now could be the time to arrange on the grassroots degree. We can’t return to a time the place your life, your well being, and your future is set by the place you occur to stay, and the way a lot cash you will have. …

“The irony is that so many ‘proper to life’ supporters, who specific nice concern for a kid earlier than it’s born, resign that concern as soon as a toddler is born. Too typically, entry to free, high quality schooling and healthcare, nutritious meals and secure housing are all considered as privileges for youngsters who’re already born by the self-same individuals who would battle to the dying to protect the ‘proper to life’ of a small cluster of cells.”

—Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, creator of the unique “We Have Had Abortions” article revealed in Ms. in 1972.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel authored the unique “We Have Had Abortions” article that appeared in Ms.

“Anybody who can get pregnant should now face the truth that half of the nation is within the palms of legislators who consider that your personhood and autonomy are conditional—who consider that, in case you are impregnated by one other particular person, beneath any circumstance, you will have a authorized and ethical obligation to endure being pregnant, supply, and, in all probability, 20 years or extra of caregiving, irrespective of the everlasting and probably devastating penalties to your physique, your coronary heart, your thoughts, your loved ones, your capability to place meals on the desk, your plans, your aspirations, your life. …

We’re not going again to the pre-Roe period, and we should always not wish to return to the period that succeeded it, which was much less bitter than the current however was by no means ok. We must always demand extra, and we must.”

—A New Yorker op-ed by Jia Tolentino on the criminalization of being pregnant, which can make the post-Roe period way more harmful for girls than pre-Roe America.

“That is the primary time within the historical past of the Supreme Courtroom and this nation {that a} elementary constitutional proper has been taken away. The Courtroom is out of contact with the greater than two-thirds of American individuals who help complete reproductive well being and rights.

“With the Supreme Courtroom’s determination, the warfare in opposition to ladies will intensify. During the last 4 a long time, each time the anti-abortion forces have received a battle, the extremists of their ranks have been emboldened, and violence in opposition to abortion suppliers has elevated. We’re as soon as once more in a state of emergency.”

—Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal and govt director Kathy Spillar in a statement on the Supreme Courtroom’s “tragic and merciless” determination to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“At the moment’s proposed Title IX rule adjustments by the Biden Administration have restored the integrity of this landmark civil rights legislation for our college students in order that they’ll study, develop, and thrive in academic environments freed from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex-based discrimination. The corrosive harm wrought by the DeVos Rule was already being felt by college students silenced by draconian measures that revictimized them and made colleges much less secure. DeVos’s insurance policies had been cruelly calculated to show Title IX on its head, pushing universities and schools that had been already on the brink amid the pandemic to develop needlessly advanced and burdensome insurance policies. At the moment’s proposed rule adjustments are a victory for college kids’ civil rights, decency, purpose, and justice, and are a becoming tribute as we rejoice the 50th anniversary of this venerable and monumental legislation.”

Statement by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on President Joe Biden’s proposal to revive Title IX protections discarded by the Trump administration.

“I’m terrified I is likely to be right here perpetually. … On the 4th of July, our household usually honors the service of those that fought for our freedom, together with my father who’s a Vietnam Warfare Veteran. It hurts excited about how I normally rejoice at the present time as a result of freedom means one thing fully completely different to me this yr.” 

—WNBA star Brittney Griner wrote a letter to President Joe Biden after being detained in Russia for practically 5 months as a result of alleged possession of hashish oil.

“Part 1 of the Kansas Structure Invoice of Rights gives: ‘All males are possessed of equal and inalienable pure rights, amongst that are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ …

“We are actually requested: Is that this declaration of rights greater than an idealized aspiration? And, in that case, do the substantive rights embody a lady’s proper to make selections about her physique, together with the choice whether or not to proceed her being pregnant? We reply these questions, ‘Sure.’”

—A majority opinion by the Kansas Supreme Courtroom, which deemed abortion rights elementary after a 2015 legislation banning dilation and evacuation procedures was challenged.


+ Ruling 6–3 in favor of taxpayer-funded spiritual schooling in Maine, the Supreme Courtroom endangered religious freedom and the separation of church and state within the U.S..

“At the moment, the Courtroom leads us to a spot the place separation of church and state turns into a constitutional violation. If a State can’t provide subsidies to its residents with out being required to fund spiritual train, any State that values its historic antiestablishment pursuits greater than this Courtroom does must curtail the help it presents to its residents” wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor in dissent.

+ The Supreme Courtroom voted by the same margin to limit the Environmental Safety Company’s (EPA) capability to restrict carbon output by energy crops.

“The Courtroom appoints itself—as a substitute of Congress or the professional company—the decisionmaker on local weather coverage. I can’t consider many issues extra horrifying,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in dissent.

+ On Friday, July 8, President Biden signed an govt order directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make sure entry to reproductive rights by the use of contraception, treatment abortion, and affected person privateness, no matter state coverage.

President Biden earlier than signing an govt order defending entry to reproductive healthcare providers within the Roosevelt Room of the White Home in Washington, D.C., on July 8, 2022. “We can’t enable an out-of-control Supreme Courtroom working together with extremist parts of the Republican Occasion to remove freedoms and our private autonomy,” he stated. (Samuel Corum / AFP through Getty Photographs)

+ Testimonies earlier than the Home January 6 committee on Tuesday, June 28 revealed that former President Donald Trump was decided to go to the Capitol, regardless of warnings of violence and prison exercise. Based on aide Cassidy Hutchinson, he even had a bodily altercation with a Secret Service agent after being refused.

+ Texas Division of Public Security director Steven C. McCraw deemed the actions of law enforcement officials at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas final month “an abject failure.” He particularly famous that authorities waited to acquire a key earlier than getting into the room through which the attacker had trapped a number of kids.

+ Fifty-one migrants died in San Antonio, Texas, after being deserted in a human smuggler’s truck. Sixteen folks had been initially hospitalized, together with two who stay in essential situation and 4 kids.

+ A policy voted on by the Worldwide Swimming Federation (FINA) excludes most transgender athletes from ladies’s swimming competitions as of Monday, June 20, besides for many who transition youthful than age 12 or earlier than reaching stage two of puberty on the Tanner Scale. The coverage additionally excludes any athletes who used testosterone for over a yr or throughout puberty. FINA claims they are going to keep inclusivity by establishing open class occasions for swimmers that slot in neither the boys’s nor ladies’s eligibility standards.

+ The White Home Activity Power to Tackle On-line Harassment and Abuse, launched by Vice President Kamala Harris, will focus its efforts on protecting women and the LGBTQ+ community on-line. The initiative will present suggestions for Congress and federal, state and personal entities inside 180 days.

+ The Senate failed the pass the PUMP Act on Wednesday, June 22, a invoice that will have protected breastfeeding employees as a formulation scarcity continues to burden dad and mom nationwide.

+ After a long time of Republican stonewalling to go any firearm security laws, President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into legislation on Saturday, June 25. The coverage will present $750 million for state-level disaster intervention packages and shut the “boyfriend loophole” which allowed home violence perpetrators to personal weapons in the event that they weren’t married to, residing or sharing kids with their sufferer.

+ Ghislaine Maxwell, who helped Jeffrey Epstein discover and meet the ladies and younger ladies whom he sexually abused, was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Tuesday, June 28.

+ President Biden awarded his first Medals of Freedom to 17 recipients on Thursday, July 7, together with Olympic athletes Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe, making them the fifth and sixth feminine athlete recipients in historical past.

+ On July 1, six states implemented 10 anti-LGBTQ+ bills, banning dialogue of gender and sexuality in colleges in Florida and limiting athletic participation and loo utilization for transgender college students.

+ At 34 weeks pregnant, Texas resident Brandy Bottone utilized the Supreme Courtroom’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade as justification for her use of the two-person HOV lane. She claims that since Texas’s penal code considers an unborn child a human life, so ought to its visitors legal guidelines.

Abortion rights activists attend a July 9 march to the White Home to denounce the U.S. Supreme Courtroom determination to finish federal abortion protections. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Instances through Getty Photographs)

How We’re Doing

+ This 4th of July, a minimum of 15 folks had been killed due to gun violence in additional than a dozen U.S. mass shootings. The Highland Park Fourth of July parade noticed probably the most fatalities, with six useless and dozens extra harmed.

+ Specialists predict a 21 percent increase in pregnancy-related deaths if abortion had been to be banned nationwide, as some lawmakers have known as for. Amongst folks of shade, the rise could be nearer to 33 p.c.

“There are going to be extra people who find themselves pressured to hold a being pregnant to time period, which signifies that there’s going to be a higher variety of people who find themselves in danger,” College of Minnesota College of Public Well being professor Rachel Hardeman said. “Extra being pregnant means extra probability of deaths.”

+ The share of U.S. adults figuring out as LGBTQ+ has doubled since first measured by polled by Gallup in 2012. Over 7 p.c of respondents stated they’re lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or one other non-straight id, together with one-in-five Gen Z adults.

The share of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or one thing apart from heterosexual has elevated to a brand new excessive of seven.1%. (Gallup)

+ Regardless of an uptick in adults figuring out as LGBTQ+, 70 percent of the community reported experiencing increased discrimination since 2020. Based on a report by GLAAD, LGBTQ folks of shade “are 91% extra prone to additionally expertise discrimination primarily based on their race or ethnicity,” and transgender and nonbinary folks really feel significantly unsafe in public.

“GLAAD’s analysis findings are distressing, however not unexpected. Laws focusing on LGBTQ folks and youth, together with censorship in school rooms, ebook bans, bans on evidence-based healthcare and entry to highschool sports activities, has ballooned since 2020 to just about 250 payments launched in statehouses throughout the nation. Misinformation and false rhetoric from anti-LGBTQ lawmakers has actual life penalties and offers a permission slip to discriminate in opposition to LGBTQ folks and goal them,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis stated. “Each LGBTQ particular person and ally should use this data to talk up and maintain elected officers, information media, and social media platforms accountable to actions and rhetoric that make everybody much less secure.”

+ After Samuel Alito’s draft determination overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, just a quarter of U.S. adults reported confidence within the Supreme Courtroom—a file low since Gallup started amassing information practically half a century in the past. Solely 13 p.c of Democrats stated they’ve a “nice deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence, as in contrast with 39 p.c of Republicans.

+ A nationwide survey by the Anti-Defamation League discovered on-line harassment to be a serious risk to marginalized teams, affecting 66 p.c of LGBTQ+ and 39 p.c of AAPI respondents. Anti-Asian hate has dramatically risen since 2021, when 21 p.c of Asian Individuals reported experiencing harassment.

Fourteen p.c of ladies reported having skilled on-line sexual harassment, as in contrast with solely 5 p.c of males.

+ Alena Analeigh grew to become the youngest Black person accepted into medical school—the College of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink College of Medication—at simply 13 years outdated.

“I actually wish to go away my mark on the world. And lead a gaggle of women that know what they’ll do” Analeigh stated. “I wish to encourage the ladies. I need them to see that there are not any limits.”

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Courtroom, Congress and the White Home know: We won’t hand over the best to secure, authorized, accessible abortion.

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