Dismantling Roe v. Wade threatens not only people who need abortions safely and legally but also the entire legal status of people who can become pregnant.
A Gathering Storm
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the Supreme Court appears ready to reverse Roe v. Wade entirely—and with it usher in a dark new chapter for reproductive autonomy. And abortion bans are just the beginning.
The increased criminalization of pregnancy—as a result of white supremacy—has been a long time coming: "It's been a very purposeful marathon."
Abortion and the management of pregnancy loss, combined with the risk posed by criminalization of adverse pregnancy outcomes, only hurts pregnant people.
These are some of the first victims of a war on pregnant people. It's a war that will end with mass incarceration, surveillance, and even death.
Along with photos, internet history, and location tracking, this is what reproductive surveillance can look like.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women painted a grim picture of pregnant people increasingly being prosecuted around the country for a miscarriage.
The Repro Legal Defense Fund is a new initiative that will support people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for self-managed abortions.