Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.
The afternoon may have literally turned into a circus, but the morning was mostly calm and full of supporters at the only public clinic in Mississippi.
Ever since I arrived, I’ve been trying to find the magic key to beginning a conversation around abortion. Can a professor of religion help me find it?
Pregnant from your rapist? Too bad. Have that baby anyway.
Despite attempts to provoke a confrontation, clinic defenders refused to rise to the bait.
When only one side feels comfortable discussing abortion, the issue will inevitably seem settled.
On my first day in Mississippi, I was schooled in reproductive rights by an unlikely source.
Sure, you can still get an abortion… if you are lucky.
If Mississippi’s only clinic does manage to stay open it may not matter, since abortion might be banned all together anyway.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.