The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow Texas’s law banning abortions after six weeks was a frontal attack on the constitutional rights of women and a very clear sign that the current court may disregard the longstanding precedent of Roe v. Wade.
If Roe goes, abortion will immediately become illegal in 10 states. (As of November, Oklahoma will make it 11.) As in the years immediately preceding Roe, when a few states had already liberalized their laws, the US will be a house divided. But otherwise, post-Roe won’t be like pre-Roe. In one way that will be all to the good: When it comes to illegal abortion, pills are much safer than coat hangers and knitting needles or a visit to an underground “doctor.”
In another way, though, post-Roe will be much worse than pre-Roe, as Nation columnist Katha Pollitt recently wrote. During the entire century or more that abortion was illegal in the United States, hardly any women went to prison for ending their pregnancies. They were subpoenaed, humiliated and harassed, but they were not themselves put on trial. Unless there was a death or serious injury, few providers were arrested. This time around will be different. When abortion was illegal, there was no organized, aggressive antiabortion movement with a wing of violent fanatics.
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