Every day poses challenges for many women – and by association, partners, families, and friends – in the struggle to protect their reproductive freedoms. Poverty and inadequate reproductive health education in schools add to the barriers to a healthy community. We need easier access to emergency contraception (EC), and we’re gradually getting it. We need our medical experts to know the difference between RU-486 and EC. But one thing we don’t need is a Supreme Court decision allowing politicians to interfere with personal medical deicions.
Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve got. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning certain abortions. Congress passed the federal abortion ban and President Bush signed it into law in 2003, despite numerous court decisions striking down similar state bans.
The Court ruled on two challenges to the federal abortion ban, called by its sponsors the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.” Leading doctors and medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which represents 90 percent of OB-GYNs in this country, opposed the federal ban.
If you’d rather these difficult medical decisions be left to women and medical professionals, you can send a letter to your representatives here.
The cases are Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, No. 05-1382 and Gonzales v. Carhart, No. 05-380.
Jess in Philly