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‘An Abortion Doctor’s Life After Roe’

Saturday marks one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Since then, much of the national press attention has focused on abortion refugees: women traveling across state lines, abortion providers setting up shop in border states like New Mexico, Texan teenagers choosing to go to college out of state. For the anniversary, New York’s Irin Carmon wanted to write about those who had no choice but to adjust to the cruel new normal in their home states. The result is her stunning profile of Dr. Yashica Robinson. Before the Dobbs decision, Dr. Robinson had been providing the majority of abortion procedures in Alabama. Now, the OB/GYN’s patients are forced to stay pregnant and are getting sicker and sicker: “She and her colleagues are seeing more premature labors, more stillbirths, more growth-restricted fetuses,” Irin writes. It’s an enraging look at what pregnancy and birth is like in half the country — and an inspiring tale of a doctor who has overcome incredible obstacles. “She knows her life is the stuff of mythmaking: the teen mom who overcame the odds, the heroic doctor in the underserved South putting herself on the line to serve her patients. These happen to be true descriptions of Robinson, but they don’t get you far with the people calling the shots in Alabama.”

— Marisa Carroll, features editor, New York

What’s an Ex–Abortion Doctor in Alabama to Do? Fight for better pregnancies and births for those who have no choice.

Photo: Maisie Crow

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