Post-Roe America Will Lead to Increased Criminalization of Pregnant Women. Here’s How to Protect Them

Since the overturn of Roe, states now have further jurisdiction to prosecute women in cases of illegal abortions, miscarriages and many other instances of so-called child abuse—something they’ve been doing for years, especially to low-income women and women of color.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has launched a resource guide for prosecutors, police, healthcare providers and welfare workers alike in protecting pregnant women. “Now is not the time to give up,” said NAPW. “The opportunities for potential allyship, collaboration and solidarity are numerous.”

Supreme Court Term in Review: Experts Warn of a Court Coming for Your Rights

This week, Michele Goodwin hosted six law and women’s rights experts at the University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Law to discuss the Supreme Court’s latest impactful rulings, including Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, West Virginia v. EPA, and more.

“The writing has been on the wall for a long time,” said Erwin Chemerinsky at the July 6 event. “This term was in one sense not a surprise, but it was shocking to see decision after decision come down in a conservative way.”

Abortion Clinics’ Post-Roe Future: ‘We Will Be Forced to Close Our Doors Within 30 Days’

A decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is due out any day, one that feminist organizers are now sure will reverse Roe v. Wade and strip millions of their longstanding right to abortion. Clinics in protected areas are bracing for an influx of patients while those in anti-abortion states are preparing to operate in a hostile environment — or shut down completely.

“We are aware that Washington and other states where abortion is legally protected are being seen as the safety net,” said clinic director Sanchez in Washington. “And honestly, the safety net has holes in it.”