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A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

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  • Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.
  • Howard Zinn | The Intimately Oppressed

Nina Martin, ProPublica

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Jan. 8, 2016 | For advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis:” marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead. For abortion opponents, it was the year when decades of incremental political and legal gains merged into something much bigger. Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.

At the Supreme Court, justices will decide two cases that could dramatically reshape abortion law and gut what remains of the landmark contraception-coverage mandate in President Obama’s health care reform law. In Congress and state legislatures, lawmakers are preparing a torrent of bills inspired by videos purporting to show an unsavory trade in fetal body parts for research. Looming over it all is a presidential race filled with GOP anti-abortion hard-liners and a female Democratic frontrunner who’s made defending reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign.

Nina Martin covers gender and sexuality for ProPublica.

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  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived as a mother, a housewife, full of resentment at her condition. She declared: “A woman is a nobody. A wife is everything.”