Black Rose Anarchist Federation: Rights Are Made in the Streets, Not the Courts – BRRN Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade
May 13, 2022
The following is a statement and analysis written and endorsed by Locals and at large members of the Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation.
We must fight for access to safe, legal, free, and universally available abortion.
The people of the United States are in the midst of a critical moment. On May 2nd, 2022, a draft opinion was leaked to the public detailing how the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), a body of 9 unelected judges, intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. If this draft opinion were to be codified, it would almost certainly mean the immediate introduction of bills criminalizing abortion in half or more of U.S. states.
This assault on bodily autonomy is part of what we call class struggle—and class struggle is the real history of capitalism. The human as property is inscribed in the very inception of the white supremacist, settler-colonial, Christian, hetero-normative, patriarchal, capitalist state. It is a core necessity of the capitalist mode of production to control social reproduction.
In the midst of this potential decision, we are once again made aware of the fact that feminism can be co-opted by the dominant class and repurposed to meet its own goals. For us, this does not mean disengaging with feminism. On the contrary, along with other revolutionary organizations, we want to implement a truly revolutionary working-class feminism. A feminist praxis that is transversal, non-exclusionary, and does not re-create oppressive systems of gender categorizations.