Gloria shares if court cases can affect a woman's access to birth control.
Well the personal is always political, and the political is always personal, and we tend to think about birth control as being a very private matter and it should be. But the truth is that birth control was illegal in many states in this country until 1965 when the Supreme Court in Griswold vs. Connecticut legalized birth control as a matter of personal privacy within the marital relationship.
And then, Roe v. Wade, which was the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, built on that same privacy basis and also made it possible for women to be able to decide whether and when they wanted to continue a pregnancy. And so, it’s really a continuum; the two are tied together, and many people don’t understand that if the right to choose, whether or not to continue a pregnancy, is overturned then actually access to birth control will also be at great risk.
About Gloria Feldt:
Gloria Feldt is a nationally acclaimed activist, author, keynote speaker and commentator on women's lives, rights, health, and leadership from where the personal meets the political. She’s been dubbed "the voice of experience" by People Magazine, one of America’s “Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” by Vanity Fair, “Woman of the Year” by Glamour, and a “practical visionary” by her colleagues. She was a teen mom whose life’s passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year career with the world's largest reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood.