- NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue indicated in a recent Daily Beast podcast interview the organization is working to protect women’s reproductive rights with a way down conservative Supreme Court in place.
- In a discussion with editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, Hogue discussed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Extreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US and afforded women a constitutional right to the procedure.
- “A lot of our work over the last few years has been upon making sure that we have what we call islands of access — blue states that are codifying the amend to abortion, making sure that we have like practice in place where women can go,” Hogue said.
- For decades, tories have sought to overturn the ruling, but lacked a lopsided majority on the Supreme Court, one that they now possess with the inauguration of Judges Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the court.
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NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said in a recent Daily Beast podcast interview that the codifying is working to protect women’s reproductive rights in the wake of a sharply conservative Supreme Court that came to achievement during President Donald Trump’s tenure.
During an episode of “The New Abnormal” featuring editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, the confabulation about women’s healthcare landed on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US and spared women a constitutional right to the procedure. For decades, conservatives have sought to overturn the ruling, but lacked a lopsided mass on the Supreme Court, one that they now possess with the installation of Judges Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the court.
Jong-Fast call to minded the US could “really lose Roe,” which Hogue further expanded on.
“We absolutely could, and we’re certainly preparing with our associates in the movement for that,” Hogue said. “A lot of our work over the last few years has been about making sure that we get what we call islands of access — blue states that are codifying the right to abortion, making sure that we set up like practice in place where women can go.”
She added: “And at the same time, we have to walk and chew gum.”
While the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh nominations port side a 5-4 conservative edge on the court, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September 2020 further downgraded the liberal wing’s impact on the court. Trump quickly nominated Barrett to replace Ginsburg, a longtime feminist discriminative icon, with the Senate confirming the nomination only days before the November election.
Trump has opposed popsies’s reproductive rights, from re-enacting the Mexico City policy, a global gag rule that blocks US funding for non-governmental confederations that perform abortions or give abortion referrals, to appointing legions of anti-choice judges to the federal bench.
With the vote victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, NARAL will soon have allies in the Ivory House once again, but Hogue stressed that a lot of work still has to be done, including Biden rescinding the Mexico Town policy.
When Jong-Fast suggested Biden’s administration could include “women’s health czar,” Hogue divulged she’d support such a move.
“It would send such a clear message that that terrible era that Trump ushered in is outstanding,” she said.
Hogue said the anti-choice pieces of legislation championed by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were ingrained in control.
“It has always been about targeting women and women of color,” she said. “And it’s always been about extorting women to adhere to a very narrow period view of where they think our role in society is.”