The work to overturn Roe v. Wade has been long coming, and it’s been slashed in state legislatures.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban — a law passed by state lawmakers in Mississippi with the specific goal of attacking a woman’s ability to make her own healthcare choices. Eleven other state legislatures have passed trigger laws; the moment Roe is struck down, nearly all abortions will become illegal within their boundaries.
The people who introduced and enacted these anti-women’s health policies are not the names you see in national headlines. They’re state lawmakers whose names you likely haven’t heard, because their governing is too often overlooked.
No matter what the court decides in this case, we know the threat to abortion access isn’t going away. We also know if we want to fight back, we must turn to state legislatures.
To permanently protect women’s healthcare we must shift power in state legislatures by electing state majorities who are invested in protecting a woman’s right to choose. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, state legislatures are all that will be left.