Reproductive Justice Is Economic Justice

May 6, 2022

Abortion rights are essential for economic security.

The Roosevelt Rundown features our top stories of the week.

An Attack on Our Rights

The Supreme Court’s likely reversal of Roe v. Wade is a blatant threat to a free and equitable society.

Lack of access to legal and safe abortions will overwhelmingly and disproportionately harm Black and brown women, immigrant women, and all those who can least afford it.

It will threaten the economic security of millions, particularly in states with trigger-law abortion bans. 

And it will strike a blow to our democracy, and all of our intertwined rights.

As Andrea Flynn wrote in a 2017 Roosevelt report, “the end goal of economic security is not financial stability in and of itself, but rather the ability to lead a life of freedom and dignity.” 

Abortion rights are essential to that vision. We must protect them.


The Jobs Recovery Continues

“It’s harder to create new jobs when the unemployment rate is already very low. If you look back since 1990 at the average rate of monthly job creation when unemployment was below 4%, you’d expect 175k new jobs last month,” National Economic Council Deputy Director Bharat Ramamurti tweeted today.

“Instead, we got 428k new jobs. An astounding report.”

This unusually quick recovery is no accident. 

As Roosevelt’s Alí Bustamante reminds us, it’s been fueled by the American Rescue Plan. 

Learn more in “The American Rescue Plan: An Economic Success Story Worth Telling,” by Steph Sterling.


What We’re Reading

I Listened in on Big Business. It’s Profiting from Inflation, and You’re Paying for It. [by Roosevelt Fellow Lindsay Owens]New York Times

US Black Farmers Lost $326 Bln Worth of Land in 20th Century [feat. Roosevelt’s Darrick Hamilton] – Reuters

What the Labor Movement Can Learn from Its PastThe Atlantic