American producers and the brains behind medical TV series Grey’s Anatomy have always used real-life drama as inspiration for the show’s storylines.
Now showrunner – creator, head writer and executive producer – Shonda Rhimeswasted no time jumping on the landmark decision, Wade v Roe, which effectively dismantled 50 years of abortion rights protection this week.
Grey-Sloane Memorial doctors posted a short skit on Tik Tok, urging women to take birth control in light of the decision.
The scene begins with Grey’s Anatomy the main character, Dr. Meredith Grey, aka – Ellen Pompeo, saying knowledge is power, followed by chief of staff and queen of sass, Dr. Miranda Bailey played by Chandra Wilson, reminding women of their power.
“Women are powerful”
Wilson’s voice seems to channel the spirit of South African women from the 1956 Women’s March when they fought against pass laws at the time.
The powerful slogan ‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo’ which translates to ‘You hit a woman, you hit a rock!’ comes to mind when Wilson calmly declares – in typical Dr. Bailey fashion – “Women are powerful”.
Other cast members join in on all sorts of family planning advice aimed at arming women for a bleak future.
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In 1969, a woman using the pseudonym “Jane Roe” challenged Texas abortion laws, which prohibited abortion except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger.
Dallas County attorney Henry Wade was defending a woman’s right to an abortion.
Jane Roe – who we now know as Norma McCorvey – was pregnant with her third child at the time. McCorvey said the design was the result of rape. But her case was rejected and she was forced to give birth.
But that was not the end of his story. McCorvey’s case went to the US Supreme Court, where she was joined by another 20-year-old, Sandra Bensing.
They argued that abortion laws in Texas and Georgia violated the US Constitution because they violated women’s right to privacy.
The court later ruled that governments had no power to ban termination of pregnancy because it violated women’s rights.
By a vote of seven to two, they decided that a woman’s right to abort a pregnancy would be protected by the US Constitution.
That constitutional protection was overturned on Friday – effectively ending the right of American families to end an unwanted pregnancy.
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