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the Body Politic
Vol. 1, No. 8 - August 1991, Page 12
Copyright © 1991, 1998 by the Body Politic Inc.
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A Long, Hot Autumn?

By Anne Bower

Many years ago my friend, Jane Clair, Public Affairs Director at Planned Parenthood in Binghamton, told me that summer is usually a quiet time for reproductive rights activity. Then came Robert Bork and life hasn't been the same since. The "good old days" are definitely gone.

In May, the Supreme Court attempted to enforce malpractice regulations on clinics accepting Title X Family Planning funds. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice organizations have banded together to engineer the reversal of these Gag Rules during the fall session of Congress.

During June, Thurgood Marshall resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court, probably because he could not stand to watch the Bill of Rights dismantled by Reagan/Bush ideologues any longer. The hearings for Clarence Thomas, the proposed "replacement", will start in September. The initial investigation of his record shows him inimical, not only to legal abortion, but probably the whole concept of the right of privacy in sexual decision-making. (The Body Politic will report on him in the September issue.)

July saw Operation Rescue magically resurrect after its supposed demise last December. (see Jan. 1991 Body Politic). Wichita is in an uproar and Randy Terry has been arrested for Jesus again. All is right with the world!

Speaking of the Supreme Court, they may hear a case in the Fall session which could spell the loss of Roe v. Wade, and Operation Rescue has a case in the works which may overturn the basis for Federal Court Injunctions against OR's blockading activities.

The Body Politic will report on all these happenings and will also begin a series of analysis of Supreme Court decisions on reproductive rights. There will also be interviews with long-time activists who can help point the way down the lengthy path to true reproductive freedom.

Summer may have been hot, but Fall will be hotter.

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