Editor’s Note: Roughly six in 10 Americans oppose the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and around eight in 10 say abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, according to Gallup.
Yet if the U.S. Supreme Court actually rules to eliminate the constitutional reproductive rights women have had for almost half a century, as many as 25 states—home to roughly half the country’s population—are likely to outlaw nearly all abortions.
Today, most women live within an hour’s drive of a licensed abortion clinic. But without Roe’s protections, clinics in half of the states are expected to shut down in relatively short order, according to analyses of state laws from the Center for Reproductive Rights. For women living in Mississippi, for example, that might mean the closest abortion clinic to them will now be 600 miles north and a nine-hour drive away, in Illinois.
The Court is expected to issue its abortion ruling this month or in early July. A leaked version of an early draft opinion suggested that the justices were leaning toward a full overturing of Roe, allowing individual states to ban abortion. Such a ruling wouldn’t establish a national policy that could completely outlaw abortion; that would require federal legal action or a separate Supreme Court ruling granting constitutional rights to fetuses. But the ultimate impact of such a decision remains unclear.
Many of the states that will ban abortion already have very restricted access (i.e. Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, North and South Dakota), while more than half of legal abortions (54 percent) are now obtained through medication, rather than a surgical procedure. State bans will likely try to outlaw those meds as well, but they’re readily available online and can be sent in the mail with little ability for the government to intervene.
Still, there’s widespread fear that criminalizing (more…)
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of “The Transchick Chronicles,” an on-going series of essays written by newly-out transgender journalist Stephanie Haskins, as she documents her transition. Scroll to the bottom for links to her previous entries.
BY STEPHANIE HASKINS
It’s late December or early January in an earlier year.
I’ve just been beamed into a woman’s uterus from infant nirvana, where ALL babies start out.
Didn’t know that, did you?
That’s why these scribblings are so important. You learn a whole bunch of stuff you never imagined.
Anyway, I’m a cluster of cells exploding in size. A zygote, if you will. (I don’t like that word, because it’s spelled like “coyote,” which doesn’t have a great public relations image.)
I’m in complete darkness. Warm, gooey darkness.
The Transchick in utero.
I am NOT sentient. I’m not aware of my place in this organic goo. I’m alive, but only in the same sense of cells that replace broken toenails or develop into ear wax. (more…)