Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

A New Front: Criminalizing Self-Managed Abortion

July 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Sara Ainsworth

People make decisions about their health and their private lives every day, with little or no interference from the legal system. When their decisions are about their reproductive lives, however, the law — for better or worse — has a lot to say.

This is more evident to the public now than it has been for decades, as anti-abortion legislators pass blatantly unconstitutional bans on abortion,1 apparently believing that the current Supreme Court is willing to revisit a right it reaffirmed as recently as 2016.2 Yet, it is already the case that an individual’s access to abortion is almost entirely dependent on the political...

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