With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, there is a lot of discussion on the future of Roe v. Wade. So, let’s take a look at what we can all do to make sure the right to choose is upheld.
How likely is it that there will be a campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade? Likely. With a republican administration dead set on appealing to their base, which is calling for this ruling to be reexamined, and now a majority conservative Supreme Court, the question is not could this happen but it is when will this happen. For pro-choice activists and supporters of women’s rights, the political landscape looks bleak but there are some good notes and some things we can do.
A big win for pro-choice activities was the 2018 mid-term elections, in which the Democrats won control of the House. This is good news because now the Republicans no longer have control of all three branches of government, and while they do control the Senate, the Democrats now have tools to block some laws and rules that will eliminate rights.
Also, there are still four judges on the Supreme Court who will likely fight to uphold Roe v. Wade, while it is a numbers game and now the conservatives have more on their side, it’s important to remember the work of the four who want to see this ruling stand as is.
So, what can you do? Giving to pro-choice organizations is a great start. These organizations are fighting not just on the federal level but also the state to ensure rights to choose are upheld. You can also volunteer at abortion clinics to escort patients and reassure them that the choice is there. Lastly, vote and pay attention. Another presidential election is only a few years away, but there are still many local races with big impacts happening all the time. We must know what’s going on so we can act to protect our rights.