The fate of Mississippi’s last clinic—and, quite possibly, abortion access nationwide—rests in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Reproductive rights—once perceived to be a hallmark of late 20th-century American democracy—may soon give way to conservative states enacting unconstitutional anti-abortion provisions with procedural barriers so thickly and cleverly intertwined that the ability to challenge them may be unattainable, including at the Supreme Court.
The result of the Court’s shadow docket opinion is not just an end, essentially, to the legal right to an abortion in Texas—it sets in motion a workable blueprint for all other conservative state legislatures bent on stripping away abortion rights.
In the wake of the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban, many in the international community and media have said that efforts in Afghanistan to secure women’s rights and human rights were doomed to fail because of the traditions and culture in my country. This is absolutely the wrong lesson to take away from our experience in Afghanistan. Human rights and women’s rights are not “Western values.”
In her blistering dissent from the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay Texas’s Senate Bill 8, Justice Sotomayor points out what we already knew: The Texas law, which bans virtually all abortions after six weeks is unconstitutional. In our new Fall issue, constitutional law scholar Michele Goodwin delves into the court’s decision; we take Ms. readers inside the Jackson, Miss., clinic challenging the state’s law that bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks; and more.
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