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May 09, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous



Leaked scotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to action

Opinion by Krista Jones

As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!

Leaked scotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to act

Opinion by Krista Jones

As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!


EDW members at the pro-choice rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday 5-3-22


Leakescotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to action

Opinion by Krista Jones

As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!


EDW members at the pro-choice rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday 5-3-22


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