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The growing power of this movement

Repro Nation Monthly | September 2022
Signs of hope are starting to flicker
Remember how desperate and defeated we felt in the days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade? Well, things are looking different now. As the midterm elections heat up, polls across the political spectrum are telling Democratic leaders what the abortion rights movement has been saying for years: Americans support legal abortion, and Democratic candidates can stoke turnout by championing this issue. Women are registering to vote in record numbers. We’ve already seen several surprise Democratic wins in special elections, and Kansans voted overwhelmingly to protect the right to abortion in the state’s constitution. Our abortion access correspondent, Amy Littlefield, witnessed that historic vote and wrote that it felt like she was seeing the rebirth of the grassroots abortion rights movement.


So, signs of hope are starting to flicker across the country. At the same time, we can’t take our sights off the devastating on-the-ground impact that the Dobbs decision has already had. Just in the last few weeks, Indiana and West Virginia enacted total bans on abortion; meanwhile, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and several other states are enforcing trigger bans that they already had on the books. We’ve now read dozens of media reports about the serious health risks and horrifying delays in treatment caused by these bans. The overturning of Roe has created a human rights emergency. As we cover the fight on the ground to restore abortion rights and the growing power of this movement, our job at The Nation—as well as yours as our community—is never to look away from that.


In solidarity,

Emily Douglas, Senior Editor

Via @IWRising.
Amy Littlefield on How Kansas Kept Abortion Legal
Six days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, I wrote to my editor, Emily, asking if The Nation would fly me to Kansas. On August 2, I told her, Kansans would be voting on whether to repeal the constitutional right to abortion in the state. Most people expected the anti-abortion measure to pass, because Republicans had scheduled the vote during a primary to suppress turnout. But I thought there was a glimmer of hope that abortion rights would triumph in Kansas—so I wanted to be there.


During my three-day reporting trip to Wichita, I had a front-row seat to one of the most energetic and successful grassroots mobilizations in the movement’s history. People who had never canvassed or phone-banked or even put up a lawn sign before were getting involved in the campaign to save legal abortion. At the former clinic of slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, I watched the staffers tend to patients with warmth and compassion, even as the appointment slots filled with patients from Texas and Oklahoma and the phone never stopped ringing.


The next day, abortion rights supporters defeated the anti-abortion amendment in a landslide. I realized I’d borne witness to a historic moment. I’d seen the pro-choice majority awakening to a sense of its power. That’s why these days, whenever anyone asks me why I’m hopeful about the future of abortion rights and our democracy, I can tell them in a single word: Kansas.


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What We’re Reading

The Right to Not Be Pregnant (Harper’s Magazine)

Beware the Suddenly “Moderate” Republican (DAME)

Without clean water, parents in Jackson, Mississippi, struggle to provide (The 19th)

‘Do No Harm’: OB-GYNs Weigh the Legal Impact of Abortion Bans (The New York Times)

Dorothy Roberts Tried to Warn Us (New York Magazine)

The abortion rights movement can learn from the AIDS activism of the 80s and 90s (The Guardian)
Forced Parenthood and Failing Safety Nets: This Is Life in Post-Roe America (Mother Jones)
Where Is Abortion Legal?

How to Get an Abortion

What Is Self-Managed Abortion?

If/When/How Repro Legal Helpline

Digital Security and Abortion Guide

Find Help Paying for an Abortion

More Info on Mutual Aid Networks

Abortion, Explained

Fund Abortions Nationwide

Attend ACLU’s Abortion Activist Series

More Abortion Resources

Pregnancy Criminalization, Explained

Join the Taco or Bev Challenge

Buy Needed Items for Abortion Providers Nationwide
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