Beyond Roe: The Floor, Not The Ceiling

Nov 30, 2021
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With recent changes to the makeup for the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a concern that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. The Supreme Court is set to review Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, which is a direct challenge to Roe and the nearly 50 years of precedent that the landmark decision has established. But the Supreme Court does not have to officially overturn Roe for people to be unable to exercise their right to abortion. The "Beyond Roe" series makes the broader point that abortion rights have already been significantly undermined, and it documents how, to what extent, and who are disproportionately impacted by abortion restrictions, namely Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), low-income people, and young people. Protecting and expanding upon the legal right to abortion established by Roe is vital, especially now. But in the midst of this struggle, it is important to recognize that Roe is not and has never been enough to ensure that everyone has access to abortion who needs it.