Below are a collection of other abortion-related op-eds that are not tied to any particular case. Instead they address the relevance of abortion politics in contemporary politics more broadly.
“Georgia and Alabama Abortion Bills Wreck Pro-Lifers’ Claim to Defending Women—And Invite Defeat in Courts,” Newsweek, May 16, 2019.
- This Newsweek piece responds to the growing number of conservative state legislatures moving to restrict abortion after Trump’s election and subsequent restructuring of the US Supreme Court. In doing so, the piece considers how this proliferation of restrictive laws both conflict with earlier “woman’s health” anti-abortion framing as well as established precedent.
“Trump Victory Threatens Abortion Rights,” Newsweek, November 18, 2016
- This piece considers how Trump’s victory was a complete reversal of what had appeared to be the start of a continual string of victories for reproductive rights advocates. His administration stands to fill numerous court vacancies, reinvigorating the state-based strategies to limit abortion access.
“Will Anti-Abortion Activists insist on Zika Births?,” Newsweek, August 29, 2016
- This piece situates the possible spread of Zika virus, and the presumed corresponding increase in cases of microcephaly, across the American south in terms of state abortion policies and the political fights that could result.
“The real threat to Roe v. Wade is anti-abortion laws in the states,” Newsweek, October, 25, 2015
- In the wake of calls to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of amateur undercover videos claiming to show illegal activity, this piece refocuses attention on more substantive threats to abortion access.
“On Roe v Wade anniversary: The past – and future – of US abortion politics,” The Christian Science Monitor, January 22, 2014
- Considering the 41st anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, the piece argues that the front lines of the abortion battle have shifted to state legislatures and the nation’s courts, and that the increasing professionalization of the antiabortion movement helped facilitate this change.