The Dark Money Behind Abortion Bans: Go Inside Ms. Magazine’s Summer 2022 Issue

The unthinkable has happened: The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade

Despite widespread support for abortion rights and access across the U.S., extremist anti-abortion governors and legislators—backed by conservative policy makers and big-name corporate funders—pushed their regressive agenda all the way to the nation’s highest court. But while it may feel like we’ve wound the clock back to 1972, advocates aren’t giving up.

In the Summer issue of Ms., we delve deep into the impact of the Court’s decision, the dark money behind the bans, and legal strategies that will determine where we go beyond Roe. 


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Here’s a glimpse at what else you’ll find inside the upcoming issue:

  • A deep-dive investigation into the corporate backers of anti-abortion governors and legislators. Despite their public support for women’s rights, major U.S. corporations like Amazon, AT&T, Coca-Cola and CVS have donated millions of dollars to Republican organizations supporting the lawmakers behind abortion bans in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and other red states. 

  • An in-depth examination of the Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, explaining what the decision means for for the U.S. and what other rights are now at risk. 

  • The #BeyondRoe project—a series of essays examining the policy and legal paths forward in the wake of the Dobbs ruling. Learn about how we can build abortion protections in state courts and constitutions, the global impact of a Roe overturn, and more. 

  • Let’s talk about misoprostol, an FDA-approved drug widely available in the U.S. as a treatment for miscarriage, ulcers and other uses. In other countries with restrictive laws, this pill has been the key to safe and effective self-managed abortions. In the face of a Roe overturn, many see it as a way forward. 

  • The devastating story of Erica Sheppard, a woman currently sitting on Texas’ death row. Sheppard has striking similarities to many other U.S. women awaiting execution: She’s a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence; she’s a mother and was still a teen when she committed the crime. 

  • Meet the Dahomey “Amazons”—the historic women warriors behind Viola Davis’ new film The Woman King. “As a Black woman, as a Nigerian woman, as an African woman, I cannot tell you how powerful it is to see African women presented in a positive light,” Nwando Achebe, a history professor and author, told Ms.

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Katherine Spillar is the executive director of Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms., where she oversees editorial content and the Ms. in the Classroom program.