Join New York City for Abortion Rights for a presentation and discussion about the need to put abortion front and center in the fight for a single-payer healthcare system.
The history of healthcare reform in the US is pockmarked with fights over abortion coverage — fights that ended with the capitulation of liberal politicians to anti-abortion forces, both Republican and Democrat. At the same time, the mainstream abortion rights movement adopted the neoliberal rhetoric of “choice,” purporting to fight for abortion access without making broader demands for social justice and leaving millions of poor and working-class people vulnerable to anti-abortion attacks.
But we’re in a new political moment. Public outrage over the recent wave of abortion bans in the South and Midwest is at a fever pitch, and Medicare for All bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate. Yet the struggle for abortion rights and universal healthcare are largely disconnected — to their mutual detriment. Medicare for All without abortion isn’t true universal healthcare. And without the guarantee of universal access, the fight to safeguard Roe will only benefit the rich.
It’s time to articulate a vision for a healthcare system that allows all people to live in health and dignity. No-restrictions abortion must be a key part of that vision.
Part of the National Week of Action for Reproductive Justice.
More info here: https://www.dsausa.org/news/national-week-of-action-for-reproductive-justice-june-22-30-2019/