Abortion ban

By Malena Amusa Apr 20, 2007

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a federal ban on partial-birth abortion is a swift blow to America’s pro-choice and racial justice movement. This policy ruled on by the Court’s mostly white-male cast, is entrenched in gendered and racial oppression of women’s rights. The New York Time reported Wednesday:

Eve Gartner of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the ruling “flies in the face of 30 years of Supreme Court precedent and the best interest of women’s health and safety.” The ruling sends the signal that “politicians, not doctors,” will make health-care decisions for women.

"Five men obviated the moral judgment of 150,000,000 women," wrote Ezra Klein in his blog referring to the Court’s narrow 5-4 decision. Last year CNN reported that abortion and race will be the two most divisive social issues to get play in the Supreme Court in the following months. If this ruling is any indication of a trend, then we better armor-up for a long, hard fight.