More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision put abortion choice in women’s hands, reproductive justice remains contentious both in the streets and in state politics. At local clinics, the Illinois Choice Action Team’s volunteer escorts must guide patients safely into the clinic and shield them from harassment from picketers; in Springfield, the legislature passed new protections on abortion rights, only to face a likely veto from Governor Rauner.
In this episode, DSA’s Tom Broderick discusses ICAT’s volunteer escort program and the ongoing struggle for reproductive justice in conversation with Betsy Schaack, a clinic escort volunteer, board member of The Clinic Vest Project, and practicing paralegal for 25 years, and Sheila Loop, a long-time clinic escort volunteer, deputy general counsel for a national healthcare IT company, and former legislative aide to former senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN).
Listeners can petition Governor Rauner to advance the abortion rights bill (H.B.40) by calling his Chicago office at (312) 814-2121.
Recorded December 12, 2015. Peg Strobel interviews three activists from the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF): Brittany Mostiller-Keith, the Fund’s Executive Director, and CAF board members Lindsay Budzinski and Sekile Nzinga-Johnson. They discuss the history of the CAF, how it operates, and most especially the concept of Reproductive Justice, including ongoing efforts to repeal the notorious “Hyde Amendment” that prohibits any Federal funding of abortion. The proposed legislation, sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee of California, would insure abortion coverage under Medicaid and other insurance programs.
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