Abortion is Still Legal (for now): The state of abortion rights in the U.S.

By Cathren Cohen

Following the news, it is hard not to become discouraged by the state of abortion policy in the United States. The right to an abortion, recognized as a fundamental by the Supreme Court in 1973, has been under persistent and unprecedented attack for the past decade. In recent years, conservative state legislators have introduced and passed (sometimes blatantly unconstitutional) bills which would ban all, most, or some abortions. The fact that these laws often violate Roe v. Wade is intentional: anti-choice activists are attempting to set up an opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn or undermine the ruling, emboldened by the confirmation of anti-choice Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Luckily, “abortion is still legal” in every state, said Yveka Pierre, Litigation Counsel at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, a law and policy organization fighting for reproductive justice. “ABORTION IS STILL LEGAL!” she repeated for good measure. Last season on the Sex Ed with DB Podcast, we chatted with Yveka and Robin Marty, a freelance reporter and the author of the book “Handbook for a Post-Roe America,” about recent efforts to ban or limit abortion. (We also had Amelia Bonow, the Founding Director of Shout Your Abortion, as a guest on this episode! Listen t