Abortion Post-Roe

September 9, 2022 • Volume 32, Issue 30
Will women still have access?
By Holly Rosenkrantz


The Supreme Court's June decision overturning Roe v. Wade wiped out the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to an abortion in the United States. The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization marked a rare instance in which the court has nullified an existing constitutional right. The decision has led to a near total ban on abortion in more than a dozen states and could profoundly change the country's political landscape. It also may open the door to changes in other constitutional rights, such as same-sex marriage and access to contraception. For now, the legal situation is rife with chaos and confusion over where and when the procedure is lawful. Delayed medical care has become increasingly common, as doctors are uncertain whether their decisions on emergency care for pregnant women violate the new laws. This change has triggered angry debates and could significantly affect the upcoming midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race.

Photo of police arresting abortion rights advocate at U.S. Supreme Court, on July 6, 2022. (Getty Images/David McNew)
Police arrest an abortion rights advocate protesting the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending federal abortion rights protections in Los Angeles on July 6. The contentious abortion rights debate could affect the outcome of the midterm elections. (Getty Images/David McNew)
ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Sep. 09, 2022  Abortion Post-Roe
Mar. 01, 2019  Abortion Controversies
Mar. 21, 2014  Abortion Debates
Oct. 04, 2011  Gendercide Crisis
Sep. 10, 2010  Abortion Debates
Sep. 22, 2006  Abortion Showdowns
Mar. 21, 2003  Abortion Debates
Nov. 28, 1997  Roe v. Wade At 25
Apr. 07, 1995  Abortion Clinic Protests
Jul. 05, 1991  Teenagers and Abortion
Jan. 26, 1990  Abortion: Politicians' Nightmare
Oct. 16, 1987  Abortion Policy
Jan. 14, 1983  Abortion: Decade of Debate
Oct. 22, 1976  Abortion Politics
Jul. 24, 1970  Abortion Law Reform
Oct. 06, 1965  Abortion in Law and Medicine
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