Stop the Bans

Stop the Bans

By Linda Horning

The Stop the Bans rally on Tuesday, May 21st provided a unique opportunity to stand with local citizens to share an experience of positive activism. Many of us had been down this road before and knew what it was like before Roe v Wade. Others of us were too young to know how it used to be, but recognize the danger, especially considering how much it now costs to bring a pregnancy to term.

Strangely enough, the founders of this nation did not concern themselves with family planning. According to the National Abortion Federation, ”At the time the Constitution was adopted, abortions before ‘quickening’ were openly advertised and commonly performed.” Further, it was not until our ancestors determined the threat of immigrant populations growing faster than their white European counterparts that anyone began to notice.

So, it was racism, not concern for those yet to be born, that drove the first restrictions placed on a woman’s right to choose. It makes perfect sense, given our current anti-immigrant political climate. Add to that recent reports from the Brookings Institute which spotlight a nationwide slowing of population growth and we have the driving force behind recent attacks on our reproductive freedom.

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