Whether you live in the US or not, you’re sure to have felt the shockwaves, the anger, the sadness that has followed the ruling to overturn Roe vs Wade in the Supreme Court.
This decision removed the constitutional right to abortion, meaning that it will now differ from state to state whether or not people with uteruses have access to a termination. Not only does this dramatically change the amount of autonomy a pregnant person has over their own body, but will leave them open to physical and mental issues that can be prevented with a termination.
In a time of financial insecurity, war and health crises – yes, we are still living through a pandemic – we saw a record number of terminations occur in England and Wales in 2021. It is a health service, access to abortion, and the impact of the overturning of Roe vs Wade will undoubtedly provoke conversations from both sides of the debate in the UK.
BPAS – the British Pregnancy Advisory service, which is the UK’s leading abortion provider – has called the vote an “assault on women’s human rights, their lives, and their families.”
“Banning abortion does not remove women’s need to end a pregnancy,” Clare Murphy, chief executive of BPAS, says. “It simply makes it more difficult and more dangerous.”
It’s a serious issue, for sure. And when landmark moments like this happen, one of the best things we can do – besides speak out and support those who will need it throughout this change – is educate ourselves around the subject.
In order to help you do this, at a time of pure overwhelm, GLAMOUR has gathered the very best resources – including the most impactful and well-researched books, podcasts and documentaries that explore the important subject of reproductive justice.