On Thursday, March 15, Joy of Resistance will explore in-depth, the legal history behind the most important case on abortion since Roe v Wade: Whole Women’s Health vs Herenstedt—which is currently before the Supreme Court.
Our guest will be Jessica Mason Pieklo, legal analyst for analyst for RH Reality Check . We’ll trace back the history of TRAP (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers) Laws, which require abortion clinics to meet often-impossible “medical” requirements. These laws, which emerged in the 90’s and picked up steam after 2010, have been passed in 24 states and have caused hundreds of clinics across the country to close. The ground for them was prepared by two earlier Supreme Court decisions–the Webster Decision in 1989 and the Casey Decision in 1992.
Both decisions eroded the “undue burden” standard written into Roe v Wade –which mandates that a woman seeking an abortion should not have to endure an “undue burden” in finding and procuring one. What constitutes an “undue burden” is what will be decided in Whole Women’s Health, and is at the heart of the case. The decision may render TRAP laws unconstitutional–and will affect subsequent attempts to restrict abortion access in the U.S.
In-studio, we’ll have folksinger/songwriter Judy Gorman, who will play throughout the show, bringing us music inspired by the great movements of our time. Pete Seeger summed up Judy Gorman like this: “She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter. I hope she lives to be 100 and is able to bring her songs to every nook and cranny of this suffering world.”
We’ll also have a special International Feminist News roundup that will feature worldwide trends in Parental Leave legislation, “menstruation activism” and the necessity of women’s full reproductive rights if the Zika virus is to be stopped –along with a surprise comedic parody piece.