Now they may even further strip our control over our lives, bodies, and futures. Getting birth control, getting an abortion in states where it is legal, and even the ability to start or grow a family using in-vitro fertilization are at risk.
How did this happen? Blame politicians long hostile to sexual and reproductive health who locked in their power by hand-picking judges for the federal courts. They hoped these judges, who have lifetime appointments, would hinder safe and legal abortion; the right to get other health care, like birth control; the right to vote; and more of our essential rights.
Here’s how the federal courts affect our sexual health and reproductive rights — and how politicians decide who serves on the federal courts.