Whole Women’s Health vs Hellerstedt is being called the most important Supreme Court decision on abortion-access in 25 years; it is-expected to be announced this week. We’ll speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo, attorney and Vice President for Law and Courts at Rewire (reproductive rights blog) who will bring us up to date on the case and discuss its significance.
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.
Our Feminist News Headlines will include: Pro’s & cons of getting birth control through an app; Gun control as a femnist issue; Menstrual products now free in NYS public bathrooms; Pro-Trump t-shirts calling HRC “Bitch”; Judge Persky taken off rape case after massive protest
In the second half of the program we will continue to broadcast recordings in our series of three groundbreaking Gender and Sexuality panels presented at the recent Left Forum 2016.
This week you’ll hear recorded excerpts of the panel: Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism, which featured representatives of Asian, Black, and Aboriginal women’s organizations from both source and destination countries (of the global sex trade) including Canada, Asia, and the U.S. They presented a range of analyses and examples of prostitution as violence against women–rooted in historic and social contexts of globalization. The panel included a critique of the “total decriminalization” model favored by Amnesty International and an argument for the “Nordic Model” , which criminalizes pimps and johns but not prostitutes themselves (and helps them leave the sex trade).
Chair–Grace Balbutin: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
Sarah Mah: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
Charie Siddayao: Philippine Women Centre
Nicole Matthews: Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
Taina Bien-Aimé: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)