Which State Is Winning the Race to the Bottom to Become the Worst Place for Women?
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These are precisely the kinds of cases that lawyers in support of reproductive rights should pursue, because they portray abortion foes as radical. The South Dakota fight shows that in the name of protecting women, abortion opponents are willing to demean them — by forcing them to visit a crisis pregnancy center and listen to unsupported medical claims...It’s not just a good legal strategy; it also offers the movement the strongest chance of taking back the statehouses, where the real action is.
She's right, of course, that the end-game has to be electoral: only changing the makeup of state legislatures, electing more Democrats and more importantly, more pro-choice women, will be able to effect a more widespread rollback of these restrictions.
Only a solidly pro-choice government can stop the endless competition between states to make themselves more and more inhospitable to women at a time when jobs, money, childcare and healthcare are already sparse.
Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet, a staff writer at RH Reality Check and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Jezebel.com and on the websites of the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. Find her at sarahmseltzer.com.