USA – Abortion and the Politicization of Black Women’s Bodies

Feb. 1, 2022
Jilisa R. Milton

The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization amidst outrage by reproductive rights advocates. Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy blatantly defies the court’s precedent setting the abortion limit at around 24 weeks. There is worry that Mississippi’s law will be upheld by the majority of justices, leading to the overruling of Roe v. Wade.

Since the right to abortion in Roe was first established by the court, the politics around abortion have drastically changed. Today the religious right is perceived as a strong political movement against abortion rights, while in the past, the issue of limiting abortion was perceived as a “Catholic issue” that most other denominations generally did not consider a widely Christian stance.