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Feminist Icon, Gloria Steinem, Offers NYC Apt as Place to Stay for Women Seeking Abortions 

Edited by: TJVNews.com

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Roe v Wade on Friday, feminist icon and founder of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem, has stepped up to the plate to help women seeking abortions in states that have banned them, according to a report in the New York Post.

She told the Post that she will offer those women seeking abortions who reside in states that have banned the controversial procedure, a place to stay at her own apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

She told the Post of her initial efforts, “Everything from the small effort to say, ‘I have a guest room if you need to come to New York state, you can stay here.”

Laughing, she added, “Which of course is limited since it’s only one room. But at least it’s something that I can offer.”

Steinem, 88, also told the Post that she “remembers a women’s clinic that was in her neighborhood and the influx of patients she would see arriving there following restrictions on abortions made in other states.”

She recalled, “I would see women coming in old, battered cars from all kinds of other states to get the abortion that they needed and couldn’t get in their homes.”

Upon learning of the court’s decision to throw abortion rights back into the hands of state legislatures, Steinem told the Post that initially she was angered by it. She told the Post that the court’s ruling is  “taking away our power to make decisions over our own bodies, which means we’re not living in a democracy.”

Concerning those women who have threatened to use sex strikes as a form of protest against the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v Wade to regain some of the legal power that they have lost, Steinem told the Post: “That only makes sense if you’re striking against someone who’s against choice. It would be good if we could withhold all sympathies, sex and support from the unfortunate members of the Supreme Court.”

In February of this year, the AP reported that Steinem said it was “insane” that the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Rights Amendment still hasn’t been ratified, nearly a century after it was first proposed.

Steinem said the constitution was “written by guys for guys — white guys,” as was reported by the AP.

“There has always been a necessity of making it inclusive, as it is supposed to be. Otherwise it is not a democracy,” Steinem said in February.

She added that: “We are still fighting this battle, including in this state, which is absolutely crucial to the Equal Rights Amendment.”

The AP reported that the Equal Rights Amendment, which states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex,” was first proposed in Congress in 1923 but did not pass both houses of Congress until 1972.

In 2020, Virginia, under Democratic control of both the House and Senate, became the 38th state to ratify the amendment, reaching the required four-fifths of states to approve it, as was reported by the AP.  But that came long after a 1982 deadline set by Congress.

“It just is insane that we are only the democracy in the world that doesn’t assume that people are citizens regardless of gender,” Steinem said.

 

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