After US Supreme Court hearings this week, it is clear that the future of Roe v. Wade is on tenuous ground and could be overturned next year.
The anti-abortion movement is largely believed to have started with a coalition of conservative evangelical and fundamentalist dissenters who were outraged about the Roe decision. In actuality, when the 1973 ruling was made, most religious institutions were supportive due to the articulation of division between church and state. So when did the Religious Right coalition decide abortion was their unifying issue? After it became clear they could no longer rally their base and mobilize large numbers of voters around support of school segregation.
Today’s action is to read this 2014 article detailing the origins of the Religious Right, and how the roots of the anti-abortion movement are founded in efforts to preserve segregation and uphold white supremacy.