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Who needs abortion rights in the U.S? Men control everything

Abortion rights have been under extreme pressure ever since President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments and red states passing trigger laws against the pro-choice movement. Today, The conservative majority Supreme Court has ultimately struck down the landmark case Roe v Wade.

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The leaked draft overturning Roe v. Wade by Justice Samuel Alito in Politico caused a significant outcry. In an instant, the nation dropped what they were doing to take in what happened. What many women and anyone within the pro-choice movement feared back in 2016 became a reality as federal protection of abortion rights was stripped.

The decision is not finalized just yet. The people are organizing. Rallies, emails, and Tweets are just a few ways people are urging lawmakers to codify abortion rights by nixing the filibuster. It feels like now or never to save abortion rights.

On the opposite side of pro-choice, however, lawmakers who can’t give birth in conservative states are swiftly passing “Trigger laws” to oppress those who can. Trigger laws are in place for when Roe V. Wade does get overturned, finalizing their state ban on abortion. Many red states have passed trigger laws so far, making the fight for federally protected abortion a dire one.

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns or guts Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion

The fight for abortion rights is pressing after the Roe v Wade leak. However, many living in the U.S still seem apathetic toward the issue. In the case of privilege, many of those, especially men, don’t care about the social issues until it immediately affects them.

The end of safe and protected abortion impacts almost everything in the U.S. Beyond the apparent consideration for fundamental human rights; everyone should care about abortion rights one way or the other.

How do abortion rights impact the economy?

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Historically anti-abortion laws have been used against low-income women. When you break down the cost of childbirth, it becomes more apparent that anti-abortion laws are a form of class warfare.

Women make up more than half of the U.S workforce, and many have credited access to abortion. Access to safe abortion keeps many women from falling into poverty. The cost of birth starts not too long before birth.

Abortion rates by income

The U.S does not require paid maternity leave, meaning there are still those who leave the workforce for maternal responsibility without financial income throughout the time the expecting parent is responsible for paying for prenatal care. Then comes the cost of delivery and raising the child.

Let’s put it into numbers.

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The average cost of prenatal care is about $2,000 without insurance.

The average cost of vaginal delivery is between $5,000 and $11,000. That number increases for C-sections to about $7,500 to $14,500. Those are the cost of smooth childbirth, but not everyone who gives birth has a smooth beginning. Complications can double the cost of delivery.

Now the average cost of raising a child is $233,620.

Prenatal Care$2,000
Vaginal Delivery$5,000 – $11,000
C-Section$7,500 – $14,500
Cost of a child$233,620

The U.S is a country without universal healthcare, maternity care, financial assistance, and an already recession crisis. Abortion rights are also a business problem preventing many who can give birth away from the labor force.

Who needs abortion rights?

Abortion restriction is a form of white supremacy that directly impact people of color. According to Laurie Bertram Roberts, the executive director of the Yellowhammer fund in Alabama said, “women of color in states with restrictive abortion laws have limited access to health care.”

Given how the cost of a child is high, this becomes another method to oppress black families financially.

White supremacy thrives off the concept that the south is solely uneducated white people. The reality is conservative states where the trigger laws are written also hold a high population of people of color. Communities of color suffer greater from income inequality without abortion rights.

Abortion rates by race and ethnicity

Mississippi, one of the trigger law states, is also one of the poorest states due to income and educational inequality. Those who are not impacted by racial or maternal issues are still the ones writing laws to control them affecting those who are pro-choice.

Sexual Education in trigger law states

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Conservative states already setting themselves up to ban abortion rights have no sex ed requirement. Those states also have the highest rate of unwanted pregnancies.

Many of the trigger laws drafted that restrict abortions are written by men in power who have absolutely no knowledge of sexual reproduction. Many of these laws are written without considering the person who is giving birth.

Sex education graph by statista
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Sex ed is a significant part of keeping STD rates low and teaching consent. Many STDs can transfer to children during pregnancy and birth. By restricting access to abortion, the U.S is in danger of another epidemic.

Fighting for abortion rights together

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Regardless of whether you can give birth or not, the issue of abortion rights is something you should back. For decades white men in power have used their ability to control other bodies. Fighting for abortion rights goes hand in hand with fighting against white supremacy and class inequality. Pro-choice and fighting for everyone’s rights is the most American thing to do after Roe v Wade gets overturned.

How are Polish artists fighting for their abortion rights? We investigate.

Karolina Micuła stands topless on the roof of a car, wearing a black mask with a red lightning bolt during a protest against restrictive Polish abortion rights.

The smoke stick in her left-hand blows yellow smoke over the massive crowd around her. Her friend Monica is on top of another car. “[Monica] said something very touching,”

Micuła remembered that Monday night, “she said that she won the fight against cancer and now she wants to win the fight with our government.” 

Women’s fight for Polish reproductive rights continues…

The Polish court outlawed pregnancy terminations on the grounds of severe health defects Thursday, October 22. This means a near-total ban on abortions in the mainly Catholic country.

Poland currently has some of the tightest abortion rights restrictions in Europe. The ruling resulted in nationwide strikes that have been going on for more than a week. “We didn’t expect that people would like to be on the streets every day,” said the Polish artist. 

Micuła is one of the main coordinators of Strajk Kobiet (polish for women’s strike). This Polish opposition group, which is fighting for female autonomy and government reform, has been organizing protests around the country. 

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Jutro jest Tęczowy Piątek, więc łapcie naszą grafikę w wersji, którą w 2017 roku przygotowały dla nas osoby ze Stowarzyszenia Miłość Nie Wyklucza, dlatego, że od samego początku uczestniczymy w Marszach Równości w całej Polsce, a w naszych postulatach, żądamy Polski dla wszystkich. Czyli takiej, w której Prawa Człowieka są dla wszystkich – w tym osób LGBTQiA+. Więcej o tęczowym piątku: Wydrukuj swój tęczowy plakat – świętuj Tęczowy Piątek na Strajku Kobiet! Plakat do pobrania tu: #StrajkKobiet #StrajkWszystkich #tbt Nasze postulaty, które powstały w 2017 roku na spotkaniu grup lokalnych z całej Polski i zostały zaktualizowane w 2018 roku przed Międzynarodowym Strajkiem Kobiet znajdziecie tutaj:

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When we spoke to Micuła, she was right in the middle of planning their biggest protest to date, which starts Friday at 5PM local time (12PM EST). They expect up to a million people to participate. 

“This time we want all people to come to Warsaw so we expect something very massive,” she said on the zoom call. Before, the protests were scattered in different cities and towns. “We will have three different points where we are meeting, and we will walk towards each other.”

Micuła, who describes herself as an art activist and artist before noting that she actually doesn’t like labels at all, creates performances that are somewhere between theater and music. Her presence during the Polish protest on Monday wasn’t anything new to her.

Her first performance in 2016 was very similar: “[2016] was the first time I came up with the idea to use my body and I was standing with my naked breasts on the stage and I was painting myself with Polish flag colors, red and white, so the thing that I did on Monday was kind of related to my first performance.”

That was the first year of the women’s strike after the government announced its first plans to tighten abortion laws. 

Hania Hafty has also been using her art to support the movement and Polish protests. Hafty, who lives in a small city in Southern Poland, is one of the handfuls of Polish embroidery activists.  

She has been posting about the legislation and protest to her embroidery Instagram. “Embroidery can be decorative, but it can [also] be a manifesto and sometimes it can be both,” Hafty said, who’s currently working on a project about female empowerment.

“You don’t have to close yourself, just have an open head full of ideas and efficient hands.” 

Hafty has also physically participated in the protests with friends. “After the decision of the Polish court, people take to the streets – everywhere, in small and large cities, no difference,” she wrote in an email.

“I think that it has advantages and disadvantages, but maybe such a revolution is the only right answer to the behavior of the Polish ruling politics at the moment.” 

Polish abortion rights are a highly divisive topic

With the majority of the country identifying as Catholic and with the church having a significant influence on daily life, surveys have shown that the majority of Poles (65% according to a CBOS survey) are against abortions.

However, the polls also showed that most are against this new, stricter regulation. Of the about 1000 legal abortions that took place in Poland last year, 98% were carried out on the ground with severe birth defects. This reason has now been ruled illegal

Karolina Wieckiewicz is a Warsaw-based embroidery artist and part of the group Aborcyjny Dream Team. The group provides information on and works to destigmatize abortions. 

“We have a lot of work as Abortion Dream Team so I don’t have that much time to make new pieces right now but I have some planned with the most popular statements,” the Polish artist told Kulture Hub in an email. 

Polish artists make an impact

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Her embroidery includes stitched phrases such as “trust your feminist abortion providers”, “defund police, not abortions”, and “abortion bans are a punishment for female sexuality.”

The Polish artist’s work is colorful and to the point. “I never learned any complicated stitches, I just write things and stitch them,” Wieckiewicz said. “And maybe that’s the reason I find it difficult to call myself an artist.” 

Through her art and her involvement in the Abortion Dream Teamand Polish protests, Wieckiewicz hopes to normalize abortions and to show that “abortion [are] there, [have] always been and will be with us, it’s a part of our sexual lives.”

The Polish protest Friday will not be the last. “I know that we have plans for the upcoming days, for the upcoming weeks,” said Micuła.

“Right now, we’ve never had such crowds on the streets so that’s why we started to call it a revolution.”

Micuła hopes these actions will eventually force her government to loosen the grip on Polish abortion rights. “I don’t know, I like to be optimistic.”

Quality Control’s Coach K on how abortion ban is affecting business in Atlanta

This past weekend at the 4th annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards brunch in Atlanta, Quality Control’s Coach K made a powerful assessment on Georgia’s economy post-Gov. Brian Kemp’s near-total abortion ban.

While the night was about successes in Black entertainment and tech, in an interview with Variety the label co-founder, whose real name is Kevin Lee, spoke about the recent anti-abortion laws affecting his hometown of Atlanta.

“It’s already started taking money and business away. A woman should have a right to do whatever she wants to do. I have a mom. I don’t have any girls, but it’s ridiculous. The film business that was creating all these jobs in Atlanta and in Georgia, they’re starting to bail out. They need to fix that.”

Both Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas — who helped found Quality Control —  were there to receive awards for their contributions in music, fitting seeing that their label is home to some of hip-hop’s biggest names — Cardi B, Migos, City Girls Lil Yachty, and  Lil Baby, just to name a few.

As a label head, Coach K’s insight goes beyond just music into the business world, as it has to. So if there’s anyone who has a stake in Atlanta’s economy and is watching its every move, it’s him. And he’s right, there has been a decrease in business — significantly so.

Since Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a near-total abortion ban into law in May, there have been three production companies said they will not film in Georgia, which is considered to be the top filming location in the world.


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According to the nonprofit Film LA, a 2016 study found that 17 of the top 100 movies from that same year were filmed in Georgia. TV shows like Stranger Things, Ozark, Greenleaf, Watchmen, The Outsider, and the popular series The Walking Dead also film in the state.

If you don’t know about the new Georgia law, The ban outlaws abortion at the time when a physician can first detect fetal cardiac activity, or as early as six weeks from the last menstrual period — which is before many women and gender minorities know they’re even pregnant. The law is slated to take effect in 2020.

But what really sets this law apart and what makes it so darn scary is that it includes embryos and fetuses as “natural persons” — potentially criminalizing pregnant people who have miscarriages or self-manage abortions.

Women across the country have shown outrage and voiced their disdain for the law and in result, businesses have been standing in solidarity.

The Writers Guild, too, have long warned that Hollywood crews would leave the state over the abortion ban in back in March when the legislature considered passing the bill.

They told BuzzFeed News in May that they stand by its statement, adding that lawmakers are making the state “an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.”

It’s good to see Coach K use his platform to shed light on an issue affecting his community but it’s also sad to hear how the bill, already, has seeped so deep, that it’s now touching the music industry.