“Everybody wants the same access,” said Nalah Lewis, Georgia organizer with Planned Parenthood Votes.
Black women, despite being one of the most politically active groups in the country, hold less than 5% of state legislative seats nationwide, meaning their voices are largely excluded from policy discussions.
For many young Black women, this school year also comes with a different level of uncertainty following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court earlier this year.
For some young people, political engagement goes beyond abortion, as a spring 2022 Harvard poll found that about half of young people think the country is on the wrong track.
VP Kamala Harris called it "an important step in safeguarding access to reproductive health care for women across the country."
The vice president noted the intersection between states denying bodily autonomy and those restricting access to the ballot.
While the entire Netflix series is an eye-opening discussion, Episode Four, entitled "Control," is about the fight for women's rights in the 1970s. Part of that battle gave the nation the decision in Roe establishing that there was a constitutionally protected right to privacy that covered abortion.
Jennifer Rourke is running for State Senator in Rhode Island.
The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus kept it 100.
The glee and excitement at the Supreme Court removing constitutional protection from a fundamental right should alarm us all.
There is hardly any more fundamental human right than controlling our own bodies.
Abortion rights activists across Mississippi and the Fifth Circuit vow to continue defending abortion access and helping people find the care they need.
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