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Young: Preparing the Airlift for Reproductive Rights

Which state will be the next to fall under the Iron Curtain?

We’re not talking about the 50s and 60s here, like the Commie. We’re only talking about the Republican type of 22 – the 12 GOP-controlled states ready to ban abortion as soon as the Supreme Court has its say.

In a country based on “freedom” – a word on many vans – this is the most oppressive thing a state can do: order a woman, once pregnant, to be pregnant to term with almost no exception.

Several nations are doing it: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines among them.

Most developed countries, like ours in the past, have come to reject this oppression.

Dating back to the 1960s, Romania banned abortion and contraception under a communist government. When the Iron Curtain came down in 1989, around 170,000 destitute children were found in decrepit orphanages. One of the first things Romanians did when the red thumb was raised was to legalize abortion and birth control.

In a country like communist Romania, women were truly captives of the state. They could not flee to Switzerland or France for these services.

Fortunately, our country has open highways and organizations willing to help women deal with unwanted pregnancies as they see fit.

With Governor Gavin Newsom and leading Democrats in the lead, California is considering becoming an abortion “sanctuary” if necessary — to help women get the service there, including paying for the abortion bill. plane, accommodation and medical care.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal to stop Texas’ abortion ban, we have already seen women travel out of state for the procedure. This happened regularly before Roe vs. Wade, but of course for women who could afford a plane ticket. Too often, in states that prohibited abortion, women who did not have these means had abortions or went to clandestine providers.

People who support women’s right to choose — and that’s most Americans in poll after poll — should come out of their stupor.

The GOP has become a party diametrically opposed not only to abortion, but to holistic means of avoiding pregnancy, such as birth control. This was not the case when President George HW Bush and many other Republicans identified family planning as smart and sound policy.

Republicans have continued and escalated their political vendetta against Planned Parenthood, although the preponderance of what it does helps women avoid the dilemma of abortion. So what can be done for women in Texas, for example, who need this service?

Sarah Wheat of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said that while providing the service is prohibited, organizations are not prohibited from helping women get it out of state. To that end, “an incredible network of organizations are working together to help people traveling out of state.”

These groups include the Austin-based Lilith Fund, the Texas Choice Fund, the West Fund, and the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund. From these organizations, a woman can get help with gasoline and housing, as well as direct contact with a health center.

Add to that the possibility of a plane ticket from California if the Supreme Court does what most expect of it due to court rulings whose ideologies on this issue do not match those of most states. United.

However, what California has in mind – such as funds to help women – is not the same as the Berlin Airlift of 1948, which focused on food and fuel. Nonetheless, it’s a mission that, like efforts to fight red oppression in a sad and scary time from another era, will end up on the right side of history.

A long-time journalist, John Young lives in Colorado. Email: [email protected]