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Published June 6, 2022 by Nan Mykel






I’ve never had an abortion and I can’t say I am personally involved in this fight.  I AM PRO-CHOICE, however.  It’s aggravating that the dispute continues to be called pro-abortion.  There’s a lot of corporate buying for our current predicament.  I trace it to the 2010 Supreme Courrt decision.  I hope to be able to provide our regretful history of selling out democracy to the ruling class in 2010 when I get caught up..

I found the following NY times article today June 6 by David Leonhardt useful, quoted in part only.:

 Stopping the pill-based form isn’t so easy. “The pills are pretty easily accessible online, and the laws are very hard to enforce because they are sent privately via mail,” Claire said.
One large provider is Aid Access, an international organization run by a Dutch doctor, Rebecca Gomperts, that is committed to keeping abortion accessible even in places where it is illegal. Aid Access often connects Americans with European doctors, and people can order pills even if they are not pregnant, to have them on hand if they want them later. (In 2014, Emily Bazelon profiled Gomperts in The Times Magazine.)
Carole Joffe, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the history of abortion, said that the fall of Roe would lead some women to seek out physically dangerous methods of ending their pregnancies — “like having the boyfriend hit them in the belly or throwing themselves down stairs or taking dangerous herbs.” But, Joffe added, “There is now a very safe extralegal option.”
This is one part of the debate in which the two sides agree on at least some of the facts, if not their significance.:  bortion opponents sometimes emphasize that Roe has reduced the population of nonwhite Americans. “A highly disproportionate percentage of aborted fetuses are Black,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the leaked draft opinion that calls for overturning Roe.
Across much of the South — including Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas — more than half of the women who got an abortion in 2019 were Black or Hispanic, according to the C.D.C. A large share were also younger women, with nearly 40 percent nationwide younger than 25.
“These are people who may be working in jobs that aren’t paying well or they may be in school,” Kari White of the University of Texas at Austin, told The Times. “They may feel they don’t have the resources to raise a child.”
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