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Last week, our own Larry Cohler-Esses shared his story of helping a close friend obtain an abortion in 1969, when it was still illegal and dangerous to do so. When Larry interviewed his friend decades later, she told him that “the experience for me was just an experience…I don’t believe it was life altering. I don’t believe it either guided my path or determined my path.”
“Fatma”, a mother of twins with a demanding workload, was distraught to discover she was pregnant again. Her doctor agreed to perform an abortion, she says, only after she promised to pretend the procedure had been a medical emergency.
In 1972, a year before the Roe v. Wade decision, Ms. Magazine ran its inaugural issue with the cover story “We Have Had Abortions,” with the signatures of 53 prominent women, including Billie Jean King, Nora Ephron, Susan Sontag, Anaïs Nin, and Gloria Steinem. Four and half decades later, going public about your (now legal) abortion can still be regarded as a radical act. In an unprecedented step, 113 female attorneys have submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. The case, which will be heard in early March, is a challenge to a provision of Texas’s restrictive HB2 law, famously filibustered by then-State Senator Wendy Davis in 2013. If it goes into effect, the challenged provision of the law is predicted to close over 75 percent of the state’s remaining clinics.
The recent shooting at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which resulted in the murder of three innocent people, was a tragedy. But it was not a shock.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The war on women is over, and women lost. In the past five years, states have enacted over 230 new abortion restrictions. Planned Parenthood is under constant attack and losing ground quickly. The promise of Roe v. Wade is lost, its precedents irreparably undermined. Basically, it’s over.