Episode 75: The “Dobbs” Decision & the Ongoing Fight for Abortion Rights (with Anne Jaclard)

Brendan and Andrew are joined by Anne Jaclard, Organizational Secretary of MHI and feminist activist, who has fought for abortion rights since the 1960s. They discuss the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, that eliminated the right to abortion. Anne explains what the ruling––its details, and its “legal reasoning,” and its trashing of longstanding precedent––means for our rights. To explain why the ruling came as no surprise to her, Anne situates it within the long history of struggle over abortion rights. She and the co-hosts also discuss the post-Dobbs situation––the various efforts to save access to abortion in the wake of the Court’s ruling, the landslide rejection by voters of the anti-abortion referendum in the arch-Republican state of Kansas, and shifts in public opinion nationally. Finally, Anne discusses the interrelationship of reproductive rights and the philosophy of Marxist-Humanism.

Plus current-events segment on the Mar-a-laGate documents scandal. Have the Feds finally cornered Trump, or will escalating Trumpite violence save him once more? In the discussion, the co-hosts refer to an Aug. 19 piece by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate.

Radio Free Humanity is a podcast covering news, politics and philosophy from a Marxist-Humanist perspective. It is co-hosted by Brendan Cooney and Andrew Kliman. We intend to release new episodes every two weeks. Radio Free Humanity is sponsored by MHI, but the views expressed by the co-hosts and guests of Radio Free Humanity are their own. They do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of MHI.

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August 26, 2022

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