How the American media mobilized after Roe Overturning

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I can’t stop thinking about those poor women who had to have abortions the morning the law changed. I can’t help but think of them sitting in those waiting rooms, having mustered all the courage in the world to make such an important decision only to be told at 9:12 a.m. that the procedure is now illegal. I can’t help but think of their confused minds, their dropping stomachs, or the wave of sheer panic that would have washed over them – especially those who didn’t have the time on their side or the money in their accounts. banking to travel to another state. I can’t help but think of how they must have spent their weekends, jostling to regain control of their reproductive organs and retain the future they desire and deserve.

“I can pay extra,” one woman pleaded to a patient advocate at a clinic in Houston, Texas, as the decision was made.

“It’s not a matter of expense,” replied the attorney. “It’s just a matter of legality.”

Another, 25, a single mother of five, is five weeks pregnant and was on her way to the clinic when she received the call. The state had previously banned abortions after six weeks, but after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, it was now illegal for doctors to perform the procedure.

“I’m five weeks old, there’s no heartbeat.” And again she said The Washington Post, “my rights have just been taken.”

Whereas Washington Post reporter Caroline Kitchener was busy communicating this heartbreaking scene in the world, the Stephania Taladrid, from New York, was at another clinic just 10 minutes down the road do the same thing.

“Ladies, I’m so sorry to tell you that the abortion law has been overturned,” the clinic director told the patients sitting in that waiting room. “We are unable to perform abortions at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a choice, okay? »

As Taladrid reports, a woman shook hands with a nurse. “Please help me,” she said, begging her to give her abortion pills and promising to take them home so “no one knows.”

These two female journalists would surely never have thought that they would report a story like this. And yet they have the incredible job of giving us all an important look into the strange new world that is the United States. For the first time since 1973, Americans no longer have the constitutional right to abortion. The Republican-led Senate — those who hypocritically call themselves “pro-life” and yet constantly fight universal health care and banning assault rifles — decided to give states the choice to allow, restrict or prohibit abortions.

It was the rapid action of the American Democratic media on Friday that caught my attention. They rallied quickly and impressively, with many already having content ready to be released should a woman’s worst fear come true. A star was New York magazine‘s special edition with the cover, “This magazine can help you get an abortion. A state-by-state handbook for anyone in need. It’s shocking, unfathomable – a moment to blink and read again — that this is a real magazine cover grounded in the reality of the year 2022. It’s even more incredible that the publication must have had it ready to go.

Conceived in May in anticipation of Roe’s overthrow by the Supreme Court, the revered publication has created a verified and regularly updated database of abortion clinics, hospitals, and independent obstetricians and gynecologists with verified contact information. The landing page — accessible for free on this generally subscription-only site — has an “abortion finder,” a quick search feature where a woman can anonymously enter her condition and number of weeks of pregnancy. pregnancy that she is. Here he will immediately pull up his options.

The New YorkerJia Tolentino had his article ready for publication the second the decision was made: “We are not going back to the days before Roe. We are going somewhere worse. In it, Tolentino explains how pregnancy is more than 30 times more dangerous than abortion and this ban could lead to a 21% increase in pregnancy-related deaths.

“Some of the women who will die from abortion bans are pregnant right now,” Tolentino writes. “Their deaths will not come from clandestine procedures but from a silent denial of care: interventions delayed, wishes ignored. They will die of infections, preeclampsia, hemorrhage, because they are forced to subject their bodies to they never wanted to have, and it will not be difficult for the anti-abortion movement to accept these deaths as a tragic, even noble, consequence of womanhood itself.

The cup wasted no time in encouraging people to take to the streets to protest the decision. “How to Protest for Abortion Rights” was a rapidly evolving piece written by three reporters who listed rallies across the country: New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Michigan, the list goes on and on. .

Time The magazine quickly clarified a big question: can abortion pills be taken in states where abortion is now illegal? And the New York Times had this excellent report on the final days of the Mississippi abortion clinic at the center of the Roe v. Wade. He even talks about the future of women in the poorest state in the country.

The vibrations of these stories and manuals have been felt by American women and women around the world. And I really hope some of these articles have reached some of the women in these waiting rooms.

The New York Times
The New York Times front page for Saturday, June 25, captured by GRAZIA’s fashion director, Aileen Marr.

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