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What American Abortion Activists Can Learn From Their Latin America Sisters

As she spoke into the microphone, alternating tears of sorrow and screaming of anger, Alaseri Herrera recalled the brutal gangbang she had experienced as a teenager in Mexico City.

Now in her 70s, she is the second to speak publicly about it and has the courage to use her experience to ensure that others know what can happen when an abortion is illegal. Awakened.

“I gave birth in the hospital for the poor, and my son and I had to live on the street where I had to beg for food. I put him in a shoe box Carried, and people called him “the son of many Dick,” Alaseri recalled, still angry at how she was treated as an innocent victim of that brutal attack. “I was a kid. I was in college. I had a dream. I wanted to be a biologist, but they destroyed my life.”

On Sunday, February 27thWhen she flew from San Antonio, Texas, where she currently lives, to New York City and spoke at an abortion-friendly rights rally in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Unfortunately, her story is not an isolated story. It is becoming more and more common in the United States as states that tend to be conservative are stripping women’s reproductive rights. In fact, 2021 was almost half a century and the worst year for the right to abortion. There are 108 abortion limits enacted last year, far higher than previous posts.Roe v. Wade 89 records set in 2011. One of the most harmful abortion restrictions in force was a six-week abortion ban in Texas. Significantly reduced access And just last week, Florida legislators voted to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, without providing exceptions to victims of rape, incest, or trafficking. This is all built on this spring’s crescendo when the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health could eradicate the right to abortion nationwide.

Nevertheless, it has been shown that abortion restrictions do not reduce the number of abortions that actually occur.according to Guttmacher InstituteThe abortion rate in countries where abortion is illegal is similar to that in countries where it is legal. In fact, if it is illegal, many women will be forced to have an abortion, causing about 8 to 11 percent of all maternal mortality ratios (about 30,000 per year).

So, if making abortion illegal does not actually reduce the number of abortions, what do anti-election lawmakers really want to achieve? The answer is chilling and affects all Americans, regardless of gender, age, religion, race, or sexual orientation.

Roe v. Wade We have done more than establish the right to abortion. It solidified and expanded the constitution.Right to privacyIncludes the right to contraception and reproduction, marriage, family relationships, parenting and intimacy.

As a result, the following basic rights may be compromised: Roe v. Wade It will be turned over:

*Right to contraception and right to reproduction: Roe v. Wade It protects an individual’s right to contraception and reaffirms previous decisions about whether to give birth. Therefore, the use of contraceptives and even some fertility drugs are at risk because they are rooted in right to privacy.

*Right to make decisions about how to raise your child: Roe v. Wade It strengthened the fundamental principle that parenting should continue to be free from unjustified government invasion.

* Right to maintain family relationships: Supreme Court relied on Roe v. Wade Preventing the state from interfering with the realm of family life by preventing close relatives from living together.

* Right to intimacy: The right to form intimate relationships and the associated right of adults to engage in private, consensual sexual relationships was heavily influenced by the Roe v. Wade case. If this fundamental right is overturned, it also puts both homosexual and interracial marriages at risk.

* Right to personal management of medical care:
The Supreme Court was affected in 1990 Roe v. Wade Expand your right to privacy and include the ability to appoint a medical agent and refuse unwanted treatment.

and, Roe v. Wade not only potential To threaten our right to privacy … it’s already starting to happen.In Florida, for example, other laws at risk of passage include a ban on sexual orientation or gender identity guidance in some elementary school grades (nickname is “Don’t say gay‘Bill), and the student’s race, gender, or country of origin (nickname is’Stop the awakened act.‘). Both are expected to pass by the final day of the legislative assembly on March 11.

In addition, Judge Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court has already said he Have skeptical privacy rights Because there is no explicit reference to this right in the Constitution.

What can i do You are do?

Supreme Court decision Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s HealthIt is hoped that by the end of spring, there is the potential to digest the right to abortion nationwide. Therefore, like the Colombian people last week, supporters of women’s right to reproduction and Americans’ right to privacy need to stand up and take a step forward, and the country partially non-criminalizes abortion through grassroots organization. It has become the latest Latin American country to become. Demonstration on the street. In Argentina, women could also promote legislation to legalize abortion by marching hundreds of thousands of women on the street, unified by the easily detectable green handkerchief symbol. done. Abortion was legalized in Argentina in 2019.

Tomorrow, on International Women’s Day (March 8), iconic green handkerchiefs will be worn on the streets of the United States to counter the increasing attack on women’s legal rights to abortion. RiseUp4AbortionRightsWomen’s rights to reproductive choices, and grassroots organizations that support the fundamental rights of all Americans to privacy, require us all to rally with women in major cities across the country.

Please join us as a co-initiator of this movement. This may be the last chance to save women’s reproductive choices and the right to privacy of all Americans. You can register here..

“There is no doubt that a small group of compassionate and dedicated individuals can change the world. In fact, that’s all we have ever had.” – Margaret Mead

Solidarity,

Dr. Lori Sokol,

Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief

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