How RBG predicted the threat to abortion access

Research has shown that, in the first half of 2023, states with abortion bans had an average fertility rate that was 2.3% higher than states where abortion was not restricted, leading to about 32,000 more births than expected. In those same states, since the Supreme Court decision, there have also been increases in the public desire to make access to abortion easier, according to data from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

And with a recent Gallup poll indicating that about 69% of US voters think that abortion should be legal throughout the first three months of pregnancy – the period when most abortions occur – the issue of reproductive rights and women’s autonomy is likely to be an important factor in determining how people cast their vote in the upcoming US election in November.

Although Ginsburg, a prominent women’s rights lawyer before she became a judge, worried about reproductive rights and civil liberties being eroded, she was optimistic about the ability of young women to shape a fairer society. 

“The young people are my hope,” she told the BBC. “Think of Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg. I think the young people I see are fired up and they want our country to be what it should be.

“One of the things that make me an optimist are young people.”

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