Since the 2022 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade - more than 1,500 state legislators, who are overwhelmingly white men, have voted for full or partial abortion bans.
Though lets not forget that white men in the US have always been obsessed with control of women - of which Rodney Coates, writing for The Conversation, reminds us:
This is not the first period in U.S. history when white men have exercised control over women’s right to bear – or not bear – children, including during slavery. Then, it was a matter of numbers. The more people they enslaved, the more money white male enslavers could earn either from selling the enslaved or from the forced labor of the enslaved. White men controlled people’s reproductive rights during the 20th century, too, with the American eugenics movement.
From the late 1800s until the 2000s, white proponents of eugenics – the selective breeding of people – tried to determine who was fit or unfit to have children. While the American eugenics movement affected people of other races and ethnic backgrounds, as well as men, it was particularly harmful to Black women who, data from 1950 to 1966 shows, were sterilized at “three times the rate of white women and more than 12 times the rate of white men.”
During both periods, Black women and their health bore the brunt of the consequences of white men’s control.
Thirty-two states, between 1907 and 1937, enacted forced sterilization mandates to prevent births by people eugenicists considered socially inadequate.
State-mandated procedures resulted in the coerced sterilization of women, particularly African American, Native American and Hispanic American women, and those from Southern and Eastern Europe.
Between 1930 and 1970, close to 33% of the women in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, were forcibly sterilized. In California, between 1997 and 2003, 1,400 female inmates, mostly Black, were forcibly sterilized.
Dont think it can’t happen in the United States - it is already a deeply hidden fact of Americas past. And with the new push of anti-abortion laws and diminishing of women’s reproductive rights - how long before the US transforms into The Republic of Gilead?