“We knew, coming to Texas, that we would have to take certain precautions. We consulted with legal counsel,” Kimberly Inez McGuire, steering committee member of the Abortion On Our Own Terms Campaign, told VICE News. “I have a 1-year-old daughter and I was going to bring her with me, but I made the decision to actually also bring my mother, because on the off-chance that we were unjustly and illegally arrested for doing this, I wanted to make sure there was someone to take care of my kid.”
“That’s important, because lived experiences have an impact on how you show up in your activism,” says Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, or URGE, which she describes as an “intersectional reproductive justice organization” with a youth focus.
“Kansans bluntly rejected anti-abortion politicians’ attempts at creating a reproductive police state,” said Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. ”Today’s vote was a powerful rebuke and a promise of the mounting resistance.”
“A lot of people really overlook Kansas, but I think most Kansans are really on the side of progressive history,” said Nigel Morton, an abortion rights organizer at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity.
“We are all thinking creatively about what administrative solutions might exist,” including increasing the availability of abortion pills, said Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity who met with the White House in one of its “listening sessions.” “But in this specific moment, what I’m looking for from this administration is leadership,” she said.
Terry Haines, founder of Pangaea Policy, and Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of the advocacy group Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equality, talk about the future of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision protecting the constitutional right to abortion with Bloomberg’s Nathan Hager
But the countdown to Roe being overturned is on. “We have every reason to believe it will move through and we will see the dismantling of Roe v. Wade,” Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, tells Glamour.
Kimberly McGuire, 36, executive director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said she came to the court on behalf of young women and people of color living in the Midwest and the South who were unable to come and speak for their own constitutional right. “There are people in every single state who are poised to fight back if this court decides the wrong way, who will be on the steps of their state legislatures, who will be speaking out and fighting to get this right back,” McGuire told ABC News.
“Being a woman of childbearing age, my gut reaction was ‘What would I do if I needed an abortion?’” Webb said, adding that she probably wouldn’t know what resources are available to her without social media accounts like @whoohio and @urge_org. “A lot of people think abortion is not accessible in Ohio right now,” Close said, adding that URGE has gained hundreds of Instagram followers since SB 8 went into effect, showing the growing number of people seeking correct information about their reproductive rights.
Sinema has a strong record on abortion rights, with a 100% rating from NARAL. But the senator has repeatedly said she will not back abolishing the filibuster, and many reproductive rights groups are now targeting her for not going far enough. ″[Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] only needed 51 votes to pack the Supreme Court with three ultra-conservative justices ― it’s clear that we should only need 51 votes to protect our right to abortion access and make choices for our bodies,” Desireé Luckey, director of policy, and Monica Edwards, federal policy manager, at URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, a member of the coalition, said in a joint statement to HuffPost. “Senate Democrats, who say they support reproductive rights but remain silent on or against the filibuster, are supporting reproductive… Read more »