Like many groups within the movement to preserve abortion access, the Texas coalition had been operating in crisis mode. For years, the Texas legislature had passed a series of bills aimed at abortion, transgender children, immigrantsY right to vote. The niceties had been washed away in the relentless, fast-paced turmoil of the legislative session, according to caucus member Kamyon Conner, executive director of the tea background. Within this ferment, black organizers were frayed by a sense of being told what to do by colleagues who often overlooked their expertise. Since the six-week ban was passed last year, the risks and stress levels have felt particularly high. “When you don’t have enough resources or money or time, and stress is something you can’t even quantify, I think jokes and compassion are some of the first things that go away,” Conner said. “We saw that play out in this coalition.”
The crisis, of course, continued. For more than 40 years, the right to legal abortion has been under siege. Although it was a shock to many people when the Supreme Court struck down roe v. calf in June, the legal right to abortion across the country had been under threat from the moment it was won in 1973. politicians and court observers had predicted the fall of roe since at least 1989, when the Supreme Court confirmed a missouri law
that restricted access to abortion but stopped short of overthrowing roe. in 1992, roe was in danger again, this time for Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While some credited the case for “saving
roe,The court’s decision in the case opened the floodgates for state-level restrictions that put abortion out of reach for many low-income people. State anti-abortion lawmakers subsequently unleashed an unrelenting series of restrictions, requiring an endless series of defensive maneuvers from under-resourced abortion rights groups. This attrition battle not only usurped the energy of the movement and desensitized abortion rights advocates to a sense that access to abortion was in crisis, it stalled progress on a host of feminist priorities, from child care universal to comprehensive sex education.
“We are talking a lot about abortion; What does that take attention away from? asked Elena Rebeca Gutiérrez, co-author of undivided rights and scholar of reproductive justice. Even as recently as a few years ago, non-consensual sterilizations among women of color in immigration detention were making headlines. Another neglected issue is the so-called period poverty, said Gutiérrez; up to one in 10 college-age women regularly cannot afford menstrual products.