Congresswoman: We must give women back the control of their bodies | Opinion

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By Alma Adams 160 years ago, the United States fought a Civil War over bodily autonomy: the right to control one’s body, the right to one’s labor, and the right of self-determination. The Confederate States seceded because they wanted to control Black bodies, benefit from the fruits of their labor, and create new property – children – in perpetuity. The Union’s victory and the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution settled the constitutional question of slavery, even if the Juneteenth announcement in Galveston failed to settle the matter in practice. In the wake of last month’s Supreme …

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