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The Trouble With Roe

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It's not about privacy; it's about equality.
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Individual, personal, private rights: are they sufficient? Unions and mass movements exist because they're not. In our time, millions of dollars have gone into reversing the notion that government has any responsibility to act assertively to protect the vulnerable or make this country a fairer place. The New Deal, the War on Poverty, the right to bargain collectively, integration, civil rights' It's not just that the drive to criminalize abortion is embraced by the same party that has all but destroyed those things. The attack on women's autonomy and the attack on workers are part of the same attack. Deciding Roe on the grounds of privacy was a dodge. The Congress has never legislated women's equality. The sooner we change that the better. Forty years of privacy rights have brought some women some distance, but not enough women, far enough.

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