As 2023 involves an finish, we’re wanting ahead to the brand new yr, and the feminist battles that lie in retailer. From Capitol Hill and the Supreme Courtroom to statehouses and poll packing containers throughout the nation, plenty of consequential points will likely be determined.
High-of-mind, after all, are the elections. Whereas a lot of the main target will likely be on the presidential race—and rightly so, for the reason that consequence might decide the power of our democracy and the course of ladies’s equality within the U.S.—we’re protecting an in depth eye on a number of different essential battles.
A variety of states—probably together with Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Nevada, Missouri and extra—are positively or prone to take up abortion rights poll measures, which might both safe or roll again reproductive rights.
Going into these elections, we all know that voters overwhelmingly care about abortion and equal rights. A nationwide ballot we launched earlier this yr discovered that almost three-quarters of voters assist the precise to make reproductive selections with out authorities interference—together with about abortion, contraception and persevering with a being pregnant. And amongst voters who assist abortion rights, abortion and girls’s rights mixed are the highest points that may decide their vote in 2024.
The ballot underscored the salience of the Equal Rights Modification as an election challenge, with seven in 10 voters supporting the ERA being positioned within the Structure. Candidates ought to pay attention to this: The ballot additionally discovered that speaking about abortion and the ERA/ladies’s rights collectively is a strong mixture on the subject of mobilizing Democrats and Independents (particularly Unbiased ladies), youthful ladies, voters who assist abortion rights, college-educated ladies, Latinas and Black voters, and voters ages 30-39.
Amongst voters who assist abortion rights, abortion and girls’s rights mixed are the highest points that may decide their vote in 2024.
We’ll even be protecting an in depth eye on the Supreme Courtroom, which is able to resolve a number of key instances impacting ladies’s rights. Subsequent yr will see probably the most consequential ruling on abortion rights for the reason that Supreme Courtroom overturned Roe v. Wade, in a case difficult the FDA’s regulation of the abortion treatment mifepristone. And in U.S. v. Rahimi, the Courtroom will decide whether or not home abusers with protecting orders towards them proceed to be barred from possessing firearms.
As battles for ladies’s and reproductive rights proceed to dominate the ballots and the courts, feminist reporting goes to be extra vital than ever going into 2024 (as we’ve stated, it’s important to democracy). Thanks for supporting Ms.
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