More than 40 years after Roe v. Wade, the war on reproductive rights continues–in fact, it has escalated. State legislators, as well as Congressional representatives–continue to fight the law of the land [while calling themselves devotees of the "rule of law"], public opinion, and the right of women to determine their own futures. Recently, in states such as Texas and Virginia, the war has morphed into a campaign of dirty legislative tricks: changing the date-stamp on an anti-reproductive rights law that a courageous Texas state rep filibustered past the deadline; sneaking provisions–in the middle of the night– into an unrelated motorcycle law that would essentially put Virginia’s reproductive clinics out of business. It’s nastier, sneakier and meaner than ever out there.
Here’s how some political cartoonists see it:
Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.