It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

The impending demise of Roe v. Wade is something like a waking nightmare. That it was predictable (and predicted) does little to blunt the emotional force. Access to safe and legal abortion is an elementary part of women’s health, and criminalizing the procedure will result in many women putting their lives on the line as they pursue shady illegal procedures. The pre-Roe period was a nightmare for those with unwanted pregnancies, and many died from the infamous “back alley” procedures that were commonplace. In a post-Roe world, inequality will deepen as affluent women will be able to travel to states where abortion is legal or out of the country to get the procedures they need. And the specific language used by Samuel Alito in his opinion seems likely to call other basic social rights into question.

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