The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Rallying Reactionaries to Target Women

Jan 6, 2020

Some of the millionaires in Congress decided to ring in the new year and the 2020 election season by ramping up the attack on a woman’s right to full healthcare choices. In a letter, 200 members of Congress flaunted their reactionary ideas and urged their wealthy friends on the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Ordinary people believe abortion should be legal in almost all cases, at the highest rates in 20 years—61% of Americans, according to the Pew Research Center. It is only 12% of the population—and their ringleaders in Congress—who want to see abortion criminalized.

As the saying goes, money talks and B.S. walks. Far-right billionaires have poured funding into state legislatures, creating a tsunami of new anti-abortion laws. But actions cause reactions. Protesters across the U.S. have begun to go into the streets to defend women’s healthcare rights and to expose these attacks.

The history of the massive mobilizations of the 1960s and 70s—the black movement, the anti-war movement and the women’s movement—shows us what it will take to back these outrageous attacks down.

Contrary to what “polite society” would have us think, for the working class and for the population in general, we advance our rights and possibilities in the streets and in workplace struggles.