In more evidence that banning abortion is really about subordinating women, not valuing life, Jezebel reports that the elimination of the Constitutional right to abortion has fueled coercion against women by abusive men:
Overall, the National Domestic Violence Hotline said they’ve seen a 99% increase in calls from people saying their partners are trying to control their reproductive choices (which domestic violence experts call reproductive coercion) since Roe was overturned. The hotline told Vice News that the year before Roe, they received 1,230 calls; in the year since, the hotline’s received 2,442
The jarring data suggests that while abortion bans are “in and of themselves state-based reproductive coercion,” as [NDVH exec Crystal] Justice puts it, they create the optimal conditions for reproductive coercion to be perpetrated by abusive partners, too. A famous study known as the Turnaway Study has found that people who are denied abortion care are at a significantly greater risk of long-term domestic violence. As anti-rape educator and activist Wagatwe Wanjuki told Jezebel last year, abortion bans are “an abuser’s dream” [Kylie Cheung, “Domestic Violence Hotline Reports 99% Increase in Calls Post-Roe,” Jezebel, 2023.07.14].
Let’s get South Dakota back on the right side of women’s rights. Don’t be put off by the pushy men lurking in bushes and snapping pix around petition circulators; find a petitioner promoting the initiative to codify Roe w. Wade, sign that petition, and then vote in November 2024 to restore women’s right to control their bodies!