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The Campaign to Reverse “Roe” Was Always About Political Power

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An anti-abortion demonstrator holds up a cross during ongoing demonstrations outside the Supreme Court Building in reaction to news that the court may be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, on May 5, 2022. (Francis Chung / E&E News / Politico via AP Images) EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com . To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Subscribe to The Nation

Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! When I was the age that my daughter is now, my favorite sweatshirt had the words “Choice, Choice, Choice, Choice” in rainbow letters across its front. My mom got me that sweatshirt at a 1989 rally in response to Webster v. Reproductive Health Services . In that case, the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law restricting the use of state funds and facilities for abortion, an early attempt to eat away at Roe v. Wade . And though many adults in the Wisconsin neighborhood where I grew up thought that message inappropriate for a 13 year old, I wore it proudly. Even then, I understood that it spoke not just to a person’s right […]

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