We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe. We’re Going Somewhere Worse

Opinion June 23, 2022 News
We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe. We’re Going Somewhere Worse

From The New Yorker | Magazine by Jia Tolentino

We are entering an era not just of unsafe abortions but of the widespread criminalization of pregnancy.

In the weeks since a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—a case about a Mississippi law that bans abortion after fifteen weeks, with some health-related exceptions but none for rape or incest—was leaked, a slogan has been revived: “We won’t go back.” It has been chanted at marches, defiantly but also somewhat awkwardly, given that this is plainly an era of repression and regression, in which abortion rights are not the only rights disappearing. Now that the Supreme Court has issued its final decision, overturning Roe v. Wade and removing the constitutional right to abortion, insuring that abortion will become illegal or highly restricted in twenty states, the slogan sounds almost divorced from reality—an indication, perhaps, of how difficult it has become to comprehend the power and right-wing extremity of the current Supreme Court.

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