The pieces started to fall in 2019 when a wave of anti-abortion laws went into effect: Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy; Missouri banned the procedure at eight weeks; and Alabama banned all abortions. The die was cast. And on June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.
Journalist Becca Andrews’ timely new book, No Choice (which is based on her cover story for Mother Jones magazine), offers an in-depth look at the legacy of Roe v. Wade. She begins by shining a light on the eerie ways in which life before Roe will be mirrored in life after. Andrews contends that the wealthy and privileged will still have access, low-income people will suffer disproportionately, and pregnancy will be heavily policed.
Painting a deeper image of a post-Roe country, Andrews then takes readers directly to the states and communities that have been hardest-hit by the erosion of abortion rights in the U.S. Through on-the-ground reporting, she shares the stories of those who are most at risk from the reversal of settled law.
There is a glimmer of hope, though, says Andrews, and it’s evident in her profiles of those at the frontlines of the impacts of Roe’s reversal. As the battle moves to state legislatures around the country, people are doing groundbreaking, inspiring work to ensure safe, legal access to abortion.
Becca Andrews is a journalist at Mother Jones, where she writes about reproductive rights and gender. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism; before attending school there, she wrote for newspapers in her home state of Tennessee.
Amelia Bonow is the Founding Director of #ShoutYourAbortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion.
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