This weekend marks the first anniversary of the Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade, overturning the constitutional right to abortion. In the year since the landmark decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, access to abortion in the U.S. has dramatically decreased. Most abortions are banned in 14 states, and 25 million women of childbearing age live in states where it is harder to get an abortion than before Roe was overturned. Pregnant people living in states where abortion is illegal now must travel long distances to access care, if they have the financial resources to do so.
Read on to learn who has been impacted, where the public stands on the issue, and what’s next for abortion access in the U.S.
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For decades, Americans had settled around an uneasy truce on abortion. Even if most people weren’t happy with the status quo, public opinion about the legality and morality of abortion remained relatively static.
Halfway through the pregnancy, a routine ultrasound revealed the fetus had devastating abnormalities, pitching the couple into the uncharted landscape of Florida’s new abortion law.
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Karen was determined to end her pregnancy. A fifth-grade teacher with red hair and an allergy to birth-control pills, she had been practicing the rhythm method of contraception with her boyfriend, Erwin, who had studied to be a dentist.