McLean County reproductive rights activist points to need for laws that protect ‘bodily autonomy’
With the end of a constitutionally protected abortion right, advocates will need new arguments to sway state legislatures.
Carolyn Moon is a reproductive rights activist from McLean County and a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she doesn’t think Roe is sustainable because he ultimately doesn’t protect a woman’s bodily autonomy. What I would really like to see is a change in the way we let’s think about bodily autonomy Maybe the equal rights One amendment, maybe another amendment that really protects a person’s right to make their own decisions about their own rules is what it must,” Moon said, adding that the High Court’s ruling was not unexpected, but was still a blow.
Another pro-choice jurist had doubts about the reasoning in Roe. The late Federal Judge Abner Mikva of Illinois was the mentor of Supreme Court nominee and now Attorney General Merrick Garland. Mikva once expressed the melancholy sentiment that without Roe the nation would have arrived at the same place as Roe in a little longer considering the trend of social movements and legislatures and that Roe was a lightning rod that had a warping effect on the society.
Moon said she wasn’t sure she was okay with that.
“I think the problem was a lightning rod before. I don’t think Roe created the problem. It didn’t solve the problem. And Casey didn’t solve the problem. But knocking Roe down isn’t going to create the problem. unity is not going to create security for women‘s health. It will not stop people from having abortions. It will stop people from getting safe and legal abortions in many states. And it will force d other people have to travel great distances to get an abortion,” says Moon.
Women should have the right to decide when they will have children and should continue to fight for and protect those rights, Moon said, adding that the decision scares many people.
Eliminating Roe as a precedent also opened up many legal avenues for conservatives to pursue on other issues, Moon said. The six-judge majority opinion of the Supreme Court purported to limit the case by saying that abortion rights are not the same as contraceptive rights or marriage laws. Moon disagrees.
“There are certainly a lot of things on the table. I think the ruling that came out says those things are not on the table, but I think most of us know that’s not true. “Moon said.
She thinks the ruling could be used to send the issue of marriage equality back to states, affect trans issues, or even limit access to contraception.
Moon said advocates must advocate for laws that protect bodily autonomy in the future.
“From my perspective, I think focusing on our elections, supporting and electing pro-choice candidates is more important than ever. Illinois is currently safe and OK. But we are an election or two away from changing that. . It has become a very pressing issue.” she says.