The Heat: U.S. Abortion Controversy

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Abortion rights are no longer guaranteed as several states across the U.S. limit access to the procedure.

It was considered a watershed moment in modern American history. Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973, recognized the right to personal privacy including a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. 

However, last year, the high court overturned it, eliminating constitutional protection for abortion, paving the way for individual states to regulate the procedure as they see fit. Half the states in the nation have moved to tighten abortion access. 

Near-total abortion bans are already in effect in twelve states. But other states are fighting back. Earlier this week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law guaranteeing access to abortion medication.

Joining the discussion:    

  • Ameshia Cross is a Political Analyst, Democratic Strategist and a Truman Project political partner.
  • Stacey Lee is a Professor of Practice at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Jessie Hill is a Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.