The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Apr. 21 that a medication-abortion pill called mifepristone could remain available for sale while a lawsuit brought by a Christian group wends its way through the courts. The ruling brought a sigh of relief to a nation where not even one year has passed since the Court overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion precedent. But the future of accessible medication-induced abortion remains highly uncertain.
Imani Gandy, a former attorney and the editor-at-large for Rewire News Group, spoke with YES! Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up With Sonali about what the ruling means and what’s next.
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Sonali Kolhatkar is currently the racial justice editor at YES! Media and a writing fellow with Independent Media Institute. She was previously a weekly columnist for Truthdig.com. She is also the host and creator of Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. Sonali won First Place at the Los Angeles Press Club Annual Awards for Best Election Commentary in 2016. She also won numerous awards including Best TV Anchor from the LA Press Club and has also been nominated as Best Radio Anchor 4 years in a row. She is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, and the co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women's Mission. Her forthcoming book is Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023). She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. She reflects on her professional path in her 2014 TEDx talk, “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host.” She can be reached at sonalikolhatkar.com